Two couples, one Russian and one Kazakh, live side by side in relative harmony in a beautiful yet semi-desolate region of the Great Steppe. But when the fair-skinned Russians give birth to a boy of decidedly darker skin, fifteen years of suspicion and acrimony arises between them, and can only be resolved by an ironic twist of family and fate.
At times darkly somber, at other times tender and wistful—and buoyed throughout by a soundtrack of folk-inspired melodies—writer-director Marat Sarulu draws on Kazakhstan’s epic history to create a gritty and deeply compassionate tale of humor and cultural insight.
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“Sarulu’s gorgeous, wonderfully acted film…mingles everyday brutality with the most sublime expressions of feeling.” – Museum of Modern Art
“Now into the ranks of the most accomplished Kazakh films (Shuga and Kairat, Tulpan, Nomad, Mongol) comes Kyrgyz Marat Sarulu’s Song From the Southern Seas, an excellent example of accessible, cinema-specific, multilayered narrative…. Sarulu successfully blends historical and political antecedents with the more contemporary family drama.” – Screen Daily
‘Song from the Southern Seas’ (Pesn’ Juzhnykh Morej) is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.
In Russian with English subtitles.