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Director, Script, Editing, Producer: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Photography: Marat Tokhtabakiev, Boris Troshev, Gennady Popov, Nicolay Raisov
Sound: Victor Brus
Source: Jane Balfour Films
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KAZAKSTAN-RUSSIA/ 1995 / Kazakh / Color / 35mm / 23 min

Sergey Dvortsevoy

Was born in 1962, in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. After studying aviation in Ukraine, worked as aviation engineer in Kazakhstan while studying in the radiotechnical department of the Novosibirsk's Institute. Studied in the Highest Courses for scriptwriters and film directors in Moscow 1990-93. Paradise is his first film. It has been awarded in Nyon, Krakow, San Franscisco, Stuttgart, Paruu, Sochy, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Leipzig, and Cinéma du Réel, Paris.


Set in a nomad shepherd's camp in the Southern Kazakhstan mountains, Paradise is a portrait of the simple life of the Kazakhs. Not a conventional documentary, it is a lyrical film which looks for the beauty in everyday life. Filmed over three months and using four cameramen, the film's scope is both huge and modest and ranges from panoramas of the vast wind beaten steppes, to such homely images as a cow whose head gets stuck in a milk can, women baking bread in the soil, or a little boy eating his sour cream.

Director's Statement

My statement is my film.


Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee