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Sokolnik [The Falconer] by Sagynbek Ishenov about G.A.Demenchuk (1991)

Date of Footage: 30 August 2017

Country: Kyrghyzstan

Place: Semizbel

Duration in Minutes: 10 min 04 sec

Language: Russian

Name of Provider: Vadim Romanov

Copyright Owner: Kyrgyzfilm, Sagynbek Ishenov


A documentary on falconry in Kyrgyzstan, directed by Sagynbek Ishenov in 1992 for the studio Kyrgyzfilm. The film opens with Chalagyz Imankulov, a famous akyn, or improvisational poet, and player of the komuz, a three-stringed Kyrgyz lute. Like many Kyrgyz intellectuals, Imankulov was also an experienced falconer. Most of the documentary, however, follows Gennady Arkadevich Demenchuk, the director of the Issyk Kul State Game Reserve and the man behind Semiz-Bel, which was Kyrgyzstan’s first and only raptor breeding center.