Kazakhstan submits great famine drama 'The Crying Steppe' to the 2021 Oscars. "The Crying Steppe" deals with the effects of the great famine in Kazakhstan from 1920 to 1930.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute, quoting Young Journalists Club (YJC), the film, which narrates the story of the great famine in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, has been selected by Kazakhstan to compete in the 2021 Oscars.
Directed and written by Marina Kunarova, the film was screened at the Asia International Film Festival in Los Angeles. This is Kunarova's third directorial feature after 2010's '999' and 2014's 'Hunting the Phantom'.
"The Crying Steppe" depicts the effects of the great famine in Kazakhstan in 1920s during which 70% of indigenous population of Kazakhstan died. Overcoming blind fear of death and despair, an eagle hunter Turar tries to save his family.
The 93rd Academy Awards is scheduled for April 25, 2021.