Aktan Abdykalykov

Aktan Abdykalykov

Director / Writer

Aktan Abdykalykov (1957) is a Kyrgyz director, screenwriter and actor. He was born and raised in Kuntu, a small village where he draws artistic inspiration and still resides. He grew up fascinated by the Russian and Indian films shown in the small theatre and knew his calling from a young age. He is known as the auteur that put Kyrgyz cinema on the map: the breakout Beshkempir was released shortly after Kyrgyzstan gained independence and is now regarded as one of Asian cinema’s greatest pieces.

Films