The biggest film ever made in Kyrgyzstan has landed a world premiere at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival in Canada.
With a $1.5 million (£880,000) budget, historical epic Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains is the most expensive film ever made in Kyrgyzstan.
Backed by the nation's leader Almazbek Atambaev and his Minister of Culture, Sultan Raev, the film chronicles the real-life story of a heroic noblewoman, who saved the Central Asian country from complete destruction and subjugation when Russian imperial forces conquered the nation in the 1870s.
The film, which marks writer/producer Sadyk Sher-Niyaz's directorial debut, will premiere in Montreal on 22 August (14).
Leading lady Elina Abai Kyzy will join Sher-Niyaz and producers Zhyldyzkan Dzholdoshova and Brett Syson at the premiere with an interpreter.