Borat 2

Kazakhstan was not impressed by the first Borat film, and its depiction of the country and the people.

This article from 2016 explores the way that the country was represented and the complicated relationship they had with the film. It also references a previous book that did the same sort of thing in its representation of the USA.

Most people in Kazakhstan realised rather quickly that the film was aimed more at an audience in America than in Borat’s homeland. Sacha Baron Cohen’s main objective seemed to be to get an outsider’s view of the US and reveal the prejudices of the Americans who Borat interacts with – prejudices that most people in the US would like to pretend don’t exist.

With the second film, however, the authorities seem to have come round to the high profile that the film is giving to the country, and have even adopted one of Borat's 'catchprhases' for their latest tourist campaign.

The country is described as "very nice"

One Kazakh film maker also said he would make a film from the opposite point of view.

Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of speaking to a group of Kazakh students at Haileybury Almaty school in Almaty. I've always been jealous of the view from the Geography classroom at the school, and was pleased to help Josh Liversidge and colleagues with their Humanities Week.