The Land of Our Fathers / Land of the Fathers / Zemlya ottsov / Земля отцов (1966) DVD5
The Land of Our Fathers is one of the outstanding Kazakh films of the Soviet epoch. Since it was shot during the Thaw, the director was able to portray truly national characters and their resistance to the Soviet ideology. This was indeed a bold decision on the part of the director, considering the possible repercussions. Alongside with the references to Muslim customs and the typical Kazakh landscape, the film encapsulates the ethical codes reaffirming the meaning of the Kazakh worldview and values.

An old man decides to find the body of his son, a Kazakh soldier who died fighting somewhere in Russia, to bury him in the land of his ancestors. Travelling across the land with his grandson, they discover the harsh reality of war. And when they finally find the coveted grave, they realise that many brothers-in-arms are buried with the soldier. Every inch of the great homeland becomes the land of our fathers, the land of the ancestors...

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:26:01 | 3.84 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, War

Director: Shaken Ajmanov
Cast: Yeleubai Umurzakov, Murat Akhmadiev, Viktor Shevtsov, Yuri Pomerantsev, Tamara Kokova, Yaragi Zubayrayev
Country: Soviet Union (Kazakhstan)

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