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'Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains' a stirring historical epic
'Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains' a stirring historical epic

"Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains," Kyrgyzstan's submission for the foreign-language Oscar and purported to be the most expensive production to come out of the former Soviet republic, is a lavishly photographed historical epic that spends its estimated $1.3-million budget prudently. Set in Central Asia during the mid-1800s, the film chronicles the remarkable life of Datka, a courageous young woman who would save her war-torn nation by brokering a treaty with the Russians. Taking up the mantle of her beheaded husband — a quest to unify the region's splintering Kyrgyz factions — the woman presaged as a child to become a great leader emerged as an...

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