The Crying Steppe

The Crying Steppe is based on true events that befell the indigenous population of Kazakhstan during the 1920s and 1930s, when 8.5 million of the country's people died from hunger during the Great Famine, artificially imposed on people by the Bolsheviks.

The story is based on real historical events that the indigenous people of Kazakhstan had to live through in the 1920s-1930s when the Famine-Genocide claimed the lives of about 70% of the country’s population.

In the 1920s, the European countries and the USA tried to get humanitarian help to the starving people on the territory of the Soviet Union. More than 15 million lives were saved from starvation.

The Bolsheviks confiscate food supplies from the Kazakhs because Stalin at that time built his politics on the fact that hungry people are easier to break, rule, and manipulate.

The Bolsheviks confiscate the last that people have, they take away whatever is left of food to punish the villagers. Mass starvation and lack of hope gradually turn people into animals, ready to do anything for a piece of bread. Villagers face a number of horrible events such as betrayal, murder and kidnapping.

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1 hour 48 minutes Kazakh Historical Feature Film Human Rights Kazakhstan 2017