Short Film Profile

The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan

The form of Sufism present in Kazakhstan was originally born through the contact between lslam and the local CentralAsian traditions, most notably shamanism. Bifatima is widely considered the last practicing dervish in Kazakhstan, a guardian of this old line of Sufi tradition.

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The film shows her performing rituals in which ancient shamanistic practices merge with religious beliefs.


Copyright © 2010 Mauri Pasanen and Olesya Bondareva

Awards and nominations

Diploma - Intangible Cultural Heritage
Festival of Ethnological Film | 2010
14 Oct – 18 Oct | Serbia

Previous screenings

Festival of Ethnological Film | 2010
14 Oct – 18 Oct | Belgrade, Serbia
Diploma - Intangible Cultural Heritage
23 Jun – 26 Jun | London, United Kingdom

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