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Kurmanjan datka (2014)

The relevant epic story of the strong-willed, courageous and independent woman before her time, Kurmanjan, who is revered to this day for her diplomacy for saving her nation from complete destruction when the Russians invaded.


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Sadyk Sher-Niyaz (screenplay), Bakytbek Turdubaev | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Elina Abai Kyzy Elina Abai Kyzy ... Kurmanjan Datka (18-25)
Nasira Mambetova Nasira Mambetova ... Kurmanjan Datka (50)
Aziz Muradillayev Aziz Muradillayev ... Alymbek Datka
Adilet Usubaliyev Adilet Usubaliyev ... Kamchybek
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mirlan Abdulayev Mirlan Abdulayev ... Akbalban
Dinara Abdykadyrova Dinara Abdykadyrova ... Sono
Nurzinat Abdykadyrova Nurzinat Abdykadyrova ... Kurmanjan assistant
Dinara Aitikeyeva Dinara Aitikeyeva ... Gultay
Abdykalyk Akmatov Abdykalyk Akmatov ... Old Eltoydu
Shaigul Alseitova Shaigul Alseitova ... Jantai's wife
Asan Amanov Asan Amanov ... Kezekbay
Azamat Arykov Azamat Arykov ... Bazaar seller
Talant Asanaliev Talant Asanaliev ... Alymbek's staff member
Gulnur Asanova Gulnur Asanova ... Asel
Dyujshen Bajtobetov Dyujshen Bajtobetov ... Man of Wisdom (as Duishenbek Baitobetov)


The historical, epic drama, set in 19th century Central Asia, tells the true story of Kurmanjan Datka, a strong willed woman, who becomes the ruler of her country and saves the nation from total destruction. As a young woman she is forced into an arranged marriage but escapes, flees to the mountains and falls in love with the local chief Alymbek, whom she marries. When he is killed by political rivals, she becomes the "queen of the mountains" and a key figure and negotiator in the national struggle, when the Russians invade. Written by Anonymous

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what can be more honorable than to die for our Fatherland?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.


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English | Kirghiz | Russian

Release Date:

6 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains See more »

Filming Locations:

Osh, Kyrgyzstan See more »


Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aitysh Film,Kyrgyzfilm See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (16mm)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Official submission of Kyrgyzstan to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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Americans Will Love This Film
13 October 2014 | by LeslieMcMSee all my reviews

With stunning applicability today, this film portrays a freedom- loving people and their amazing leader struggling nobly to survive Russian imperialism in the late 1800s. But that is not the primary reason for American audiences to appreciate this movie. Skillfully produced entirely in Kyrgyzstan by Kyrgyz filmmakers, it is a powerful, fascinating, gorgeous, and inspiring historical epic about an extraordinary woman—Kurmanjan Datka, Queen of the Mountains—who led the nomadic Kyrgyz people for decades with remarkable wisdom, character, and strength in the midst of great national and personal challenges. The story offers a deeply cultural and transcendently moving experience to every viewer of any nationality. As a leader, Kurmanjan Datka succeeded in ways unmatched by other Kyrgyz rulers, yet the problematic influences and results of her era in history leave the Kyrgyz people still seeking consistent foundational principles for peace, stability, unity, prosperity, and true freedom. This film brilliantly highlights both the leadership qualities and the unresolved questions that remain important to Kyrgyz people, and instructive to Americans, even today.

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