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As Kazakhstan emerges from the shadow of its domination by the defunct Soviet Union, films such as this melodrama are beginning to appear. Set in the 1950s, this drama explores the fates of a mother and daughter who are considered to have damaged their family's honor. Kryzhimkul is a 14-year-old whose prospects for arranged marriage are being completely handled by her father and male kin, and she has no say in how anything is done. When Kryzhimkul's father Dauletbai rejects the suit of a poorer family...more