The Song of the Tree


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Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Asian Interest
Release Year:2018
Runtime:93 min
Festivals & Awards:Dhaka International Film Festival - Best Film in Asian Competition Section
Website:Official Website
Director:Aibek Daiyrbekov
Producer:Tolkun Daiyrbekova
Andrei Epifanov
Tanya Petrik
Cinematographer:Akzol Bekbolotov
Screenwriter:Aibek Daiyrbekov
Sadyk Sher-Niyaz
Editor:Eldiar Madakim
Composer:Zholdoshbek Apasov
Principal Cast:Temirlan Smanbekov
Omurbek Izrailov
Saltanat Bakaeva


Filmmaker Attending.

The Song of the Tree is the first musical film ever made in Kyrgyzstan. When hot-tempered Esen is expelled from his clan, he tries to run away with the beautiful Begimai, daughter of the headman, but her father's henchmen catch them and leave him for dead. All alone, Esen's journey for love and revenge begins. Director Aibek Dairbekov says, "The film is adapted from real stories that my grandmother used to tell me when I was a child. These stories are mythical and realistic at the same time – men have the same feelings of love, hate, envy, pride, or self-sacrifice, now and a few hundred years ago. The film doesn't use special effects but relies on the power of music. Songs are used when words are lacking. I shot this film with the same love and fascination as that of a boy listening to the stories of his grandma."

Director Biography

Song Of The Tree marks director Aibek Dalyrbekov's feature debut. Previously, Dalyrbekov worked in television, serving as a director on the series Gorod Mechty (2009) and as a screenwriter for Gaishniki (2010).


"Set amongst a nomadic community in 18th-century Kyrgyzstan, the film is a simple story well told, partly through song — a kind of high-plains Fiddler on the Roof, but with a spare, direct sensibility to match the wind-scrubbed Central Asian landscape." - Hollywood Reporter