5. Mongol: The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan (2007)
“Mongol” delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of Genghis Khan, who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of hoary stereotype, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader.
“Mongol” shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which so much of his greatness rested: his relationship with his wife, Borte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.
4. Resurrection: Ertugrul (2014-2019)
The life of a group of Turkic nomads becomes difficult when Ertugrul rescues a family from some knights and brings them to their tribe, without knowing their true identity.
As the holy acrimonious crusades swept through Middle East, nomad Turkic tribes fought their way into the new promised land. A young but brave warrior, Erutgrul Ghazi, the son of Suleiman Shah after the death of his father had to take charge of the situation in his tribe. From crusaders to Byzantine, Ertugrul together with his companions strived through the bad doers. A huge problem showed up in the horizon. The malicious Mongols with the maverick Noyan in charge threatened their camp.
3. Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe (2012)
Kazakhstan, 1729: A ferocious Mongol tribe sweeps across the steppes, and Kazakh sultans leave their people to fend for themselves. Young Sartai and other survivors flee to the mountains but revenge drives Sartai and his friends back to the steppe, where he falls in love with the beautiful Zere, daughter of a local khan who chose to protect his village by working with the hated Mongols. A universal story about the freedom of the human spirit and the struggle against slavery and despotism, about love, loss and betrayal.
The film was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s independence from the Soviet Union. Its production cost over $7 million (USD).
2. The Golden Horde (2018)
The end of the thirteenth century. The envoy of the Golden Horde – Mengu-Temir, a handsome and connoisseur of female beauty arrives in the capital of Russia. He came to steal thousands of Russian soldiers into the Horde, but he is ready to be content with only a part if Grand Duke Yaroslav returns the princess Ustinia, the wife of his brother Boris. Yaroslav is not ready to violate the laws of Faith and Honor, but Boris himself is taking this step, hoping that this sacrifice will ensure him a princely throne. Ustinya with a caravan goes to a foreign land. Mengu leaves Yaroslav a “gift” from the Great Khan – young Nargiz, who awakens the prince to life and puts him before a fateful choice. On one side of the scales – love and passion, on the other – the throne and the life of Nargiz herself, which neither the people nor the lawful wife of Yaroslav accepts.
1. Tomiris (2019)
This is the story of the life of the great queen of of the steppe – legendary Tomiris. Queen Tomiris lived 2,500 years ago but her legacy lives on and continues to inspire today. She is destined to become a skillful warrior, survive the loss of close people and unite the Scythian tribes under her authority.
The movie begins with the birth of Tomiris and follows her along her journey of becoming a fierce warrior who wields a bow and arrow even while riding on horseback. The queen’s costumes are beautiful with intricate weaves of gold in the form of headpieces and breastplates.
Tomiris is directed by multiple-award-winning director Akan Satayev and stars Almira Tursyn as the Queen. The historical drama won many hearts in Kazakhstan and brought record numbers to the box office.