Nomination Detail

Having become an amnesiac old man, Zarlyk returns to his homeland after twenty-three years of ordeals in a foreign land. Events take place in a village in Kyrgyzstan, where he is brought by his adult son. Much has changed during his absence: the morals of the villagers, the realities of a changing world, radicalization of Islam, growing crime and corruption.


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