Film Details

Nomination Category:

Best Performance by an Actress

Ceremony Year:



Kazakhstan/Russian Federation/ France/Germany


Nesipkul Omarbekova

Nesipkul Omarbekova is a real-life witch doctor from Kazakhstan who plays the central role of Aidai, an old Kazakh Baksy who can heal people, find their souls and even tell them where their stolen cattle have been hidden. ‘Shamans’, ‘healers’, or ‘witch doctors’ are a feature of life in Kazakhstan and  writer/director Guka Omarova was inspired to make Native Dancer by her regular visits to a healer each time she returns home.