A grand tour of the stunningly diverse former Soviet states.
The Khan Shatyr, an entertainment complex in Astana, is shown on June 11, 2010. The world’s largest tent, it is part of a massive construction boom in the Kazakh capital, conceived by Nazarbayev as a showpiece of the new Kazakhstan. The structure is 500 feet tall and features shops, a cinema, a monorail, and a beach on the top floor.
Myn Bala Warriors of the Steppe. Stunning film about patriotism and liberty and the sacrifice it takes to have both. This film provides a great historical window into Kazakh and Mongol cultures, something I know nothing about. The horse riding scenes alone are worth watching for. Great story, although character development could use a little work. Overall, a stunning solid film.