On August 31, 2021, Istanbul witnessed the Turkish premiere of the film Tomiris. Akan Satayev, the film’s director, and actress Almira Tursyn, who played the main role, attended the event as guests of honor.
The gala was also attended by the Kazakh Ambassador to Turkey Abzal Saparbekuly, Consul General of Kazakhstan in Istanbul Alim Bayel, Turkish politicians, representatives of Kazakh diaspora and general public. The event was a part of a series of celebrations dedicated to Kazakhstan’s 30th Independence anniversary.
The historical drama, that narrates the epic events which took place in the Great Steppe more than 2500 years ago, was warmly applauded by the audience. Tomiris a prominent historical figure in both Kazakhstan and Turkey, where girls are frequently named after her. Starting September 3, the film will be played in more than two hundred movie theaters across Turkey.
Consul General A. Bayel expressed his confidence that the film will become a success and a significant event in the cultural life of Turkey, and noted that the celebrations of Kazakhstan’s Independence in Istanbul will continue.