Ajyal Film Festival 2020

All Films

Myn Bala - Warriors of the Steppe (Myn Bala)

Contemporary World Cinema

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Akan Satayev / Feature Narrative / Kazakhstan / 2012 / 108 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Kazakh / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Action, Drama, History, Period Piece, War, Adventure, Based on a True Story
World Premiere
Rated: General Audiences. Suitable for ages 4 and up.


  • Sun, Nov 18, 09:30 PM, Al Rayyan Theatre (SW-ART)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Mon, Nov 19, 06:00 PM, DFI Cinema - Museum of Islamic Art Park (MIA-DC)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Sat, Nov 24, 08:00 PM, Al Rayyan Rooftop (SW-ARR)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed


‘Myn Bala – Warriors of the Steppe’, Akan Satayev's historical epic of 18th-century warfare in the steppes of Central Asia, boosted the national pride of the Kazakh people and was Kazakhstans’ biggest box-office hit of the last decade. The film centres on Sartay, the legendary orphaned teenage son of an unjustly slain military commander, and a war with the powerful tribe of marauding Dzhungars who are attempting to restore the empire of Genghis Khan. To protect his friends, his people and his beloved Zere, Sartay gathers together thousands of fierce young warriors and leads them to battle. Gorgeous production values, a talented cast of upcoming Kazakh actors, stunts by the Nomad Stunts Group (whose incredible work has been seen in numerous international productions over the last several years) and the film’s universal values all no doubt contributed to its huge success.

About the Directors

Born in Karaganda in the former USSR in 1971, Kazakhstan’s leading action-film director Akan Satayev studied directing at the Institute of Theatre and Cinema in Almaty and has made numerous commercials for his company, Sataifilm. Features include ‘Racketeer’ (2007), ‘Strayed’ (2009) and ‘The Liquidator’ (2011), all of which performed strongly at the Kazakh box office.


Akan Satayev
Timur Zhaksylykov
Aliya Uvalzhanova, Anna Katchko
Christopher Robin Bell, Nicolas Trembasiewicz
Khasan Kydyraliyev
Ayan Utepbergenov, Assylkhan Tolepov, Kuralay Anarbekova, Aliya Telebarisova

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