Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This Kazakh drama looks back upon a brief period in a young boy's life. It is set in Kazakhstan at the end of WW II. The story reflects narrator Eskin's memories; it is told via voiceover with the narrator, also mirroring the boy's occasional dialog. Eskin was just a tyke back then. He still sucked from his mother's breast and was an accordion player who performed Russian folk songs at local dances in his mining town. The small town contained a POW enclave containing 300 Japanese soldiers. When Eskin's family became friends with two of the POWs, his father was arrested. Eskin remembers many brief episodes from that time such as the way adults secretly discussed politics, or the way the town whore did her business. He remembers when records replaced accordion players. After the Japanese were sent home, he also remembers what became of the authority who was so cruel to them.
war, coming-of-age, concentration-camp, friendship, prostitute/prostitution