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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Svet-ake" or "Der Dieb des Lichts" or "Le voleur de lumière")


directed by Aktan Arym Kubat
France/Kyrgyzstan/Germany/Netherlands 2010


After Kyrgyz village Kok-Moinok's local electrician Svet-Ake (writer/director Aktan Arym Kubat, MOTHER'S PARADISE), or "Mr. Light", is arrested for tampering with meters for people who cannot afford to pay for electricity, he is not jailed but does lose his job. New opportunities come when deputy hopeful Bezhat (Askat Sulaimanov, SARATAN) arrives with hopes to foster the village's cultural development and he shows interest in Svet-Ake's ambitions to power the entire village with wind power from the nearby gorge; however, respected local mayor Esen (Asan Amanov, THE EMPTY HOUSE) knows that Bezhat covets the land which he plans to sell to the Chinese (and a power source will make it more attractive since most of the current villagers have no electricity in their homes). When Esen suddenly passes away, Bezhat places distant relative Mansur (Stanbek Toichubaev) as the new mayor and proceeds in his redevelopment plans, intimidating those who do not support him. The offer of work for Svet-Ake means both money for his family and an opportunity to realize his ambitions, but it also may mean the further erosion of the village into nothing.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 2 March 2011 (France)

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DVD Review: The Global Lens Initiative (The Global Lens Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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The Global Lens Initiative

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:18 (4% PAL speedup)

1.81:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.6 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Kyrgyz Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: The Global Lens Initiative

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.81:1

Edition Details:
• Global Lens Trailer
• Global Lens Films
• About The Global Lens Initiative
• DVD-ROM: Film Discussion Guide (.pdf)

DVD Release Date: 25 September 2012

Chapters 12



The Global Lens Initiative's single-layer, anamorphic transfer comes from a PAL source (it would run 79m 42s at film speed going by the BBFC listing for the film's theatrical submission and the ~76 minute timing of the listing for the DVD submission). While the UK import featured a 5.1 track, the domestic disc features only a 2.0 stereo downmix.

The burnt-in subtitles are readable against bright backgrounds and appear free of any gross errors. The only extra of interest might be the PDF discussion guide which features the usual contextual background information about the film's country of origin and questions about the film's themes.

  - Eric Cotenas


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