Shambala (Artykpay Suyundukov) Kyrgystan (Official Section)

Artykpay Suyundukov
Kyrgystan. 2020. 85 min

Based on the story “White Ship” by Chingiz Aytmatov
On a forest cordon, lost high in the mountains, an old man with an old woman and an old man’s daughter with a husband live with a patriarchal way of life. It is a peculiar model of society-four adults and the fifth is the seven year old grandson of an old man, named Shambala.
In the Kyrgyz language “sham” means “candle”, and “bala” means “a boy”, “a child”. That is, literally “boy candle” or “a boy emitting glow”.
Shambala firmly believes into the ancient fairy tale – the myth about Mother Deer, who saved the last baby of their kinship from its enemies and fed it with her milk.
Despite the fact that over time people have killed Deer, the boy believes and looking forward that someday deer will still return to their edges.
The plot of the film is based on the tragedy occurred from an ancient myth about the Doe, which saved little boy from death and fed her own milk to him to helped him survive.
It is a distinctive parable about crime and punishment. It is a warning, pantheistic feeling of the wildlife, which is perceptible in each tree and each animal.


Artykpay Suyundukov was born in 1947 in Kyrgyz Republic. In 1978 he graduated All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). After graduation, he worked on the position of film director in the Kyrgyzfilm Film Studio. He had made three feature films and about 15 documentaries. Since 2000, he is a faculty member in the university.

Filmography :

1992  “Mourner”

1987  “The roads met”

1978  “Among people” 

1978-2018 over 15 documentary films