The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan| 27mins
Director: Olesya Bondareva and Mauri Pasanen | Producer: Olesya Bondareva and Mauri Pasanen
Focus Years: 2010 | Country: Belgium
The form of Sufism present in Kazakhstan was originally born through the contact between lslam and the local Central-Asian traditions, most notably shamanism.
Bifatima is widely considered as the last practicing dervish in Kazakhstan, a guardian of this old line of Sufi tradition. The film shows her performing rituals in which ancient shamanistic practices merge with religious beliefs.