Kazakhstan: Movies Going Kazakh, But Distributors and Audiences Resist

The Chaplin ADK cinema in Kazakhstan’s business capital, Almaty. Parliament is now considering legislation that would require that film distributors and cinemas ensure all foreign-language movies released in Kazakhstan are provided with dubbing, or at least subtitles, in Kazakh. But there are signs that filmgoers, as well as many within the cinema industry, are resistant to such a move. (Photo: CityKey.net)

When Kazakh speakers went to the movies last year to catch up with the latest Avengers blockbuster, they saw Jeremy Renner playing the superhero Hawkeye on-screen, but the character's voice belonged to Bakhytzhan Zharmuhambetov.
 

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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Movies Going Kazakh, But Distributors and Audiences Resist

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