Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2008

Nomination Detail

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 by her regular visits to a healer each time she returns home.

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