'Kiran over Mongolia' in Kazakhstan. Director Joseph Spaid was invited present KIRAN at the Almaty International Film Festival in Kazakhstan. It was a very special honor to to screen KIRAN for Kazak people in their native country.
On the return trip from Central Asia, Spaid stopped in the country of Georgia where 'Kiran over Mongolia' won the Grand Jury Award at the Niamori Film Festival in Tbilisi. The prize was an escorted weeklong trip around this extraordinary and mountainous nation. It was a major adventure that included visiting the highest year-round populated village in Europe as well as falling in love with the magical music of this ancient country.
The ‘Kiran Over Mongolia’ cast & crew spent a magical week at the phenomenal, star-crusted Dubai International Film Festival. According to Emirates Today: “The 42-year-old (Kairatkhan), accompanied by trainee Kuma Uliksat and filmmaker Joseph Spaid, possessed such charisma that he stole centre stage from the festival’s big-name guests like Morgan Freeman, Urmila Matondkar and Laurence Fishburne.”
Also attending Dubai was Variety Magazine reviewer Deborah Young who wrote: “…American helmer Joseph Spaid respectfully captures the romantic side of this remote land.” She also had this to say: “[The subjects]…take the viewer through some magic moments lifted from a surprisingly intact cultural tradition."
*Spaid debuted as producer when 'Aloha New York', a charming 22 min film about surfing in New York City, World Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Please watch for 'Aloha New York' as it is coming to a film festival near you soon!