Movie Night-The Legend of Tomiris
This is the story of the life of the great queen of the steppe - legendary Tomiris. She is destined to become a skillful warrior, survive the loss of close people, and unite the Scythian/Saka tribes under her authority.
Cultural significance: The film is culturally significant within central Asia and Kazakhstan because of the sense of patriotism and identity promoted. Tomiris identified with her people and her land, protecting freedom for an entire people to the point of bloodshed. The film depicts important icons to central Asia, like the horse and the great steppe. The fact that these icons continue to represent central Asia today highlights their significance within the film and to the people of central Asia.
Values portrayed: The values highlighted in the film are important for all viewers to note regardless of ethnicity, culture, or religion. Justice, fidelity, and kinship were effectively portrayed by the queen and her people. The battles and fighting were not for the sake of violence, but for freedom, love of country, and standing for what you believe in. Although Tomiris was a strong and important female in history, the film chose to emphasize values and identity more than feminism or revenge. Tomiris was a woman who identified with her people, her culture, her family, and maintaining her allegiance to who and what she loved was most significant.
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