Nesipkul Omarbekova is a real-life witch doctor from Kazakhstan who plays the central role of Aidai, an old Kazakh Baksy who can heal people, find their souls and even tell them where their stolen cattle have been hidden. ‘Shamans’, ‘healers’, or ‘witch doctors’ are a feature of life in Kazakhstan and writer/director Guka Omarova was inspired to make Native Dancer (2008) by her regular visits to a healer each time she returns home.

Films

Native Dancer
2008

Native Dancer (Baksy)

Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, France, Germany
2008

Native Dancer (Baksy)

Aidai the baksy, or witch doctor, lives in the mountains and helps people. She uses mysterious actions to cure the sick and to give infertile…

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