The path of the Leader

by Moldir Nurazkhan

“I am a man who bet his own head for the sake of his people.” – Nursultan Nazarbayev

Creating new opportunities, overcoming all difficulties, and selflessly serving  the people are required  duties of a leader. In this blog post, I will introduce you to a film about a unique person in Kazakhstan’s history – First President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

In 2013,  the film titled “The Path of the Leader” was shot in Kazakhstan. The film is  about Nursultan Nazarbayev and how he managed to build an independent Kazakhstan. It  is 3 hours long, but the time flies bybecause of an interesting and fascinating plot:

Young Sultan, an ordinary guy who was raised in the village, is sent to the Republican Youth construction inTemirtau, and goes to study in Dnipropetrovsk,Ukraine. He  makes  friends, and has new teachers and mentors.After graduation, Sultan returns to his homeland. Gradually, because of his perseverance and leadershipqualities, he becomes  one of the leaders of the largest Central Asian Iron and Steel Construction Site.

The film  is written by famous Kazakh playwright-screenwriter Shahimardenom Kussainov and  director Rustem Abdrashovym, based on the books of Nursultan Nazarbayev. In addition, the film features scenes fromthe memories of colleagues, friends and associates of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.


The film is set during the 1950’s and 1960’s.. Therefore, the filmmakers had to recreate the specific interior.To create scenes such as the first iron smelting andbuilding Temirtau, unique docmentary chronicles of filmarchives of Kazakhstan, Russia and Finland were used. Retro-styled automobiles were brought from all over thecountry. Furthermore, a 50’s styled tram was bought in Bashkiria.

The film was shot in Karaganda, Temirtau, Dnipropetrovsk, Moscow, Kiev, Minsk, Helsinki and Haapsalu, Estonia..


The main role is played by a young Kazakhstani actor named Nurlan Alimjanov. He is 29 years old, andoriginally from the Akmola region. He first played a role of Nursultan Nazarbayev in the film “The Sky of My Childhood”, which is also about Nazarbayev.

What do you think, does he look like young Nursultan?