Dr. Gulnara Abikeyeva is a film critic from Kazakhstan and is the author of several books about films and cinema. The second book Cinema of Central Asia: 1990-2001 was awarded the White Elephant Award, from the Russian Guild of Film Critics, for the best book about cinema of the year published in CIS. The book Nation-Building in Kazakhstan and other Central Asian States, and How This Process is Reflected in Cinematography’ (2006) received a Kulager, the national cinema awards, in 2007. In 2013 she had three international publications: Cinema in Central Asia. Rewriting Cultural Histories (Great Britain), co-edited by Michael Rouland and Birgit Beumers, The Unknown New Wave of Central Asian Cinema (South Korea), co-edited by Kim Ji-Seok and Makhmalbaf’s Film House (Russia). She is a member of FIPRESCI, NETPAC and APSA film Academy. In 2016 she was awarded the honour of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government.
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