Gulshat Omarova

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Gulshat Omarova
Born Gulshat Diasovna Omarova
(1968-10-08) October 8, 1968 (age 48)
Alma-Ata, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic
Nationality Kazakh
Occupation Actress, film director, screen writer
Years active 1984–present

Gulshat Diasovna Omarova (Kazakh: Гүльшад Диасқызы Өмарова; sometimes credited as Guka Omarova, born 8 October 1968) is a Kazakh film director, actress and screen writer. She was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic and now lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In 2004, Omarova was presented the Alice Award for Best Female Director by the Copenhagen International Film Festival for her film, Shiza.


In 1984, Omarova graduated from the journalism faculty of Al-Farabi University. From 1986 to 1988 she worked in television as assistant administrator and director. In 1998, she graduated from the State Institute of Theatre and Cinema in Almaty on specialty "documentary film and television director". Since 2001, she has been living and working in the Netherlands. The first notable role was in the film Shiza, which succeeded in winning of several prizes.


Year Film Position Notes
1984 Sladkiy sok vnutri travy Actress
2001 Sisters aka Syostry Story
2004 Shiza aka Schizo or Fifty-Fifty Director
Alice Award for Best Female Director
2007 Mongol aka The Rise to Power of Genghis Khan 2nd Unit Director
Casting Director
Film was nominated for Oscar for Best Foreign Film
2008 Baksy a.k.a. Native Dancer (film) Director

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