It’s no secret that the government of Kazakhstan is more than a little bit annoyed at Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of their country through the guise of his alter ego Borat and the upcoming feature film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. In fact, Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev wants to discuss the matter with George W. Bush when the two leaders meet in the coming weeks. This seems a little odd to me considering that Cohen is actually British, but hey, what do I know about politics?
This week it was also announced that Kazakhstan will be funding a movie of their own in order to help overcome the stereotypes. If they were smart, they would have made a comedy about a dumb American going around Kazakhstan and pissing people off with his ignorance. But instead they have decided to make a movie called Nomads, “about the struggle of Kazakh tribes to expel Mongol invaders”. And this is going to dispel the stereotypes, how? I guess, to be fair, it will help showcase the true history and culture of their country. The amazing thing is that the movie will have a $40 million budget, the most expensive movie ever made in Kazakhstan! That’s quite the P.R. campaign. Personally I think it would have been more cost effective if they just used recycled footage from Star Wars.
(Incidentally, if you’re interested in seeing the true Kazakhstan, check out Ewan McGregor’s reality series The Long Way Round, where he takes a motorcycle trip around the world with his buddy Charley Boorman. It’s an awesome show… I’ll be writing a review of the DVD at some point in the near future.)» Related Link: Ain't It Cool News