Bank teller Kanat lives alone with his mother. He is the head of the household of a broken family, one often portrayed in Central Asian films. The Secret of a Leader tells the tale of how Kanat’s life changes and he enters a new world through a fateful encounter with his old friend Daniyar. The film portrays Kazakh society as it becomes captive to capitalism after gaining independence, and it explores the topic of “family” in a unique fashion. The film is tragic because only “illegal capital” can restore Kanat’s family.
Won - NETPAC Jury Prize at Shaken Aimanov IFF 2018