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Racketeer (Kazakhstan, 2007)

Racketeer (2007)
June 13, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Directed by Akan Satayev

Director Akan Satayev’s timely drama, set in modern Almaty (the former capital city of Kazakhstan) tells a signature story from the traumatic first years of post-Soviet capitalism.  Sayan is an average boy and student who excelled at one thing: boxing.  When this talent is exploited for money by local criminal figures, Sayan rises quickly through the ranks as an extortionist, realizing only too late that there is no way out.

Producer: Azamat Ilyasov, Akan Satayev. Screenwriter: Timur Zhaksilykov. Cinematographer: Khasan Kydraliev. Editor: Valeri Peretyatko. Cast: Sayan Isembaev, Murat Bisembin, Saken Aminov, Mentai Utepbergenov, Assel Sagatova.

35mm, color, in Russian and Kazakh with English subtitles, 80 min.