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Astana, Kazakhstan • 30 December, 2022 | 09:56

Culture Ministry Plans to Get Kazakh Movies on Netflix

In the next four years, Kazakh movies are expected to appear on popular streaming platforms

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Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Culture and Sports is planning to get Kazakh movies on popular streaming platforms, including Netflix, QazMonitor reports.

The draft of the country’s cultural policy for 2023–2027 aims to promote Kazakh cultural products overseas and develop the national movie industry.

This means we may soon be able to watch Kazakh movies on major online movie theaters and streaming platforms, like Netflix, Youtube, Megogo, BeeTV, and more.

This year director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “A Dark, Dark Man” appeared on the streaming service MHz Choice, which is available for viewers in the U.S. and Canada. The cultural ministry hopes to see more domestic movies online in the next four years.

But that's not all. There are other major plans underway.

Black-and-white films will be colorized in the coming years. At least 10 animated films and foreign movies will be dubbed per year, and at least five full-length feature films will be restored and digitized annually.

The Ministry also plans to cooperate with animation studios and TV channels, such as Paramount Pictures Corporation, Walt Disney Pictures, Nickelodeon, and TiJi, to attract foreign experts to train Kazakh animators.

Notable landmarks will appear in movies to raise their appeal as potential filming locations for foreign studios and companies. Those sites include the Charyn Canyon, the Almaty mountains, the Caspian Sea, and the deserts in Mangystau.

All movie promotions will be tracked using a new information system. The Ministry will use it to identify successful and unsuccessful projects in order to study and apply experiences in the next production cycle.

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