The Road to Eden

  • Feature
  • 2020
  • 121 Minutes
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Language: English

A retired writer, Kubat Aliev, is living his last days as a famous and poor writer in a society increasingly concerned by wealth. A widower, he has no children and his only wish is that literature continues to bring enlightenment to his small and disillusioned nation. He sees the possibility of a continuation in his friend, a younger and an equally talented writer, Sapar. However, Sapar is very ill and is in need of an expensive treatment. On the day that Kubat decides to sell his apartment to save the bed-ridden writer’s life, he learns his own younger businessman brother is beaten up by collectors for debts. Kubat finds himself torn between his overwhelming desire to save the sick writer’s life and the pressure to help his kin.

Director: Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu

Screenwriter: Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu

Production Company: Kyrgyz Film Studio

Premier Status: Regional premiere



2020: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu

Producer: Bakyt Mukul, Elnura Osmonalieva, Dastan Zhapar Uulu, Tolondu Toichubaev

Editor: Aktan Ryskeldiev

Sound: Kalybek Sherniyazov, Mars Tugelov

DOP / Camera: Dastan Zhapar Uulu

Cast: Marat Alyshpaev, Bakyt Mukul, Shaiyr Kasymalieva


Bakyt Mukul

An honoured artist in his home country of Kyrgyzstan, Bakyt Mukul is an actor, writer and director. In 1991, he graduated from Theater School with a degree in drama and film acting. He is currently a member of the Union of Cinematographers of the Kyrgyz Republic. The award-winning feature film A FATHER’S WILL (2016) is his debut feature, which he wrote and directed together with Dastan Zhapar Uulu. ROAD TO EDEN (2020) is his latest film.


Dastan Zhapar Uulu

Dastan Zhapar Uulu is a filmmaker from Kyrgyzstan. He was born in 1988.

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