Adilkhan Yerzhanov finished the filming of his 12th feature film titled Ademoka’s Education. The film was produced with the support of the “State Center for the Support of National Cinema” by order of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the participation of JSC "Kazakhfilm" named after Shaken Aimanov and Short Brothers company.
The shooting of the film took place this summer in Almaty. The film tells the story of Ademoka, a little illegal migrant girl who lives in Kazakhstan and is forced to beg in order to survive. At the same time she is a gifted and talented girl and her dream is to study. Her illegal status and lack of citizenship become a serious obstacle to this. At some point, she gets a chance to get an education and is helped by the least likely person to help her: Ahab, a philosophy teacher, a drunkard and a loser…
- This film is a story of friendship, mutual support and humanity. It is about the inalienable right of every person to be educated. Humankind strives for knowledge, and in this there is its salvation, - said Adilkhan Yerzhanov.
The film's producers are Almat Masalim, Serik Abishev and Olga Khlasheva. The script was written by Yerzhanov himself. One of the most famous Kazakh operators Azamat Dulatov (he shot Taraz and Elevator by Nurtas Adambai, and She by Akan Satayev) was invited as a director of photography who also earlier collaborated with Yerzhanov on the film Ulbolsyn. Yermek Utegenov, a permanent associate of the director, was the production designer of the film. The composer was the Italian Sandro di Stefano who had previously collaborated with Adilkhan Yerzhanov on the film Onbagandar.
The main role was played by a young actress Adema Yerzhanova. The role of Ahab was played by Daniyar Alshinov, who has cooperated with Yerzhanov many times before (A Dark, Dark Man, Atbai’s Fight, Ulbolsyn and Onbagandar). Bolat Kalymbetov, Assel Sadvakassova and Sanjar Madi appeared in the film in supporting roles.
Distribution of the film in Kazakhstan is tentatively scheduled for 2021.