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Toronto: Kazakhstan Director Akan Satayev to Helm Canadian Indie 'Hacker'

6 September 2013 1:17 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto – Kazakhstani director
 Akan Satayev has signed on to direct the $5 million theatrical feature Hacker, which will be executive produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Satayev, who directed the Kazakhstan best foreign language film entries Strayed 
and Myn Bala, will lens the Canadian indie drama based on real events about a young immigrant who gets involved with a cyber criminal organization called DarkWeb. Photos: Toronto 2013: The Films Hacker is produced by Sanzhar Sultanov's indie production shingle Know Rules Media, which is backed by Canadian venture capitalist Loudon Owen. Financing for the project will come from Timur Meirambekov, Zhanbolat Serikov and

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- Etan Vlessing

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‘Warriors of the Steppe: Myn Bala’ Review

15 April 2013 2:04 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Assylkhan Tolepov, Aliya Telebarisova, Kuralay Anarbekova, Ayan Utepbergenov | Written by Muhammad Mamyrbekov, Javik Sizdikov, Timur Zhaksylykov | Directed by Akan Satayev

It’s a story we can all relate to: boy sees entire tribe slaughtered by enemy warriors, goes into hiding with survivors and becomes the greatest freedom fighter his country’s ever seen. Oh, and he also meets a girl, though that’s not terribly important.

Warriors of the Steppe: Myn Bala is the story of the oppression of the native Kazakhstani people by the Dzungars (a Mongol tribe descended from Genghis Khan) in the early 18th century and how a young boy grew into a powerful yet compassionate leader. It’s an aspect of world history that I knew almost nothing about before so there’s a vague history lesson among all the arrow-slinging and speech-giving but I suspect that pinpoint accuracy was left by the wayside in »

- Mark Allen

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