The First Teacher

The first teacher
Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky
Written by Andrei Konchalovsky
Chingiz Aitmatov
Boris Dobrodeev
Starring Bolot Beyshenaliyev
Natalya Arinbasarova[1]
Music by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov
Cinematography Georgy Rerberg
Edited by Eva Ladyzhenskaya
Release dates
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Soviet Union
Language Russian

The First Teacher (Russian: Первый учитель, translit. Pervyy uchitel) is a 1965 drama film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. It is his first full-length work, made after book by Chingiz Aitmatov.[2]


The action takes place in the years from 1924 all the way to the early 1950s in the Kukureu village of the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic, which is now Kyrgyzstan.

The Russian Civil War ended not so long ago. Young Komsomol member and a former Red Army soldier Dyuyshen comes to the village as the new teacher of the village. His enthusiasm to bring new ideas immediately faces a centuries-old tradition of life in Central Asia. The former soldier tries to improve literacy to this far Moslem area while villagers didn't allow gỉrls to attend school. He then met Altynai, a 15-year-old illiterate girl who has a burning desire to study , but her aunt sells her to a powerful and wealthy chieftain. Then school is burned down and is rebuilt using centuries old trees, being a pride to the local population.


Prizes and awards


  1. 1 2 Аринбасарова Наталья Утевлевна.
  2. "The First Teacher". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. "Films: Bolot Beyshenaliyev". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  4. "Natalya Arinbasarova". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. "Idris Nogajbayev". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  6. "Darkul Kuyukova". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  7. "Jussi Awards for 1973". Retrieved 23 November 2015.
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