Capital

(2010) 72 mins, colour USA/Russia/Kazakhstan. D: Maxim Pozdorovkin, Joe Bender

Capital, a documentary film by Maxim Pozdorovkin and Joe Bender, tells the story of Kazakhstan’s new capital as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. Military parades, monumental architecture, song competitions, and human pyramids are only one side of the story; the other tells of thousands of migrants arriving to take part in their nation’s new experiment. They come to Astana to build its golden monuments, to keep its markets open long after dark, and to push the city’s frontiers deeper into the empty plains. Filmed on location in Astana, Kazakhstan, Capital offers a glimpse into the ongoing development of a metropolis and the symbol of a nation.