Film Details

The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time

Film Synopsis

12-year-old Olzhas is the eldest son of a family who live in the foothills of Tian Shan, the large span of mountain ranges that cross central Asia. The family’s close-knit life is interrupted when a gang of horse thieves kill Olzhas’ father and steal the herd of horses that belonged to the village. To compensate the debts, the family is forced to sell the house and move away. Olzhas’ desperate mother asks a man, for help. Olzhas and the man form a fast connection and, while teaching the boy to ride horses, the pair find themselves face to face with the thieves. In the beautiful countryside of Kazakhstan, the film portrays little Olzhas growing from childhood to adolescence through the time he spends with the man on the road.

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