by Michael Hartleben, posted on 19. Mai 2006 at 01:35 about:
BORN to MOVE - Kazakhstan unlimited

Dear Mr Davatz,
I just watched your documentary ' Born to Move - Kazakhstan unlimited' and I am extraordinarily impressed. While writing these words, my hands are still shaking from the exitement generated by the movie. I am short of words to describe with how much love and precision you conveyed the life in Kazakhstan- so many angles, so many views and so much dedication. First of all: Thank you so much. I travelled through Kazakhstan by bicycle one year ago with a friend and in all honesty, him and I fell in love with the versatility of the country. Your 97minutes of pure genious reminded me of the vastness of its countryside. Again: Thank you. I checked your website and the 'order' section, but to my disbelief it does not offer a CD or DVD copy of your film. Therefore, I am asking you whether it is possible to acquire such a copy. Obviously I am prepared to give money as consideration in return. Thank you once more for my last hour that I spent in front of my computer screen being captivated by those images.
With Regards, Michael Hartleben.

An artist’s view by Ben, posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2006 at 7:10 pm
Through youtube you can access one of Swiss artist Da Vaz’s videos on Kazakhstan. This, well, unorthodox artist has been travelling through Kazakhstan and produced a 1.5-hour documentary without ‘annoying’ commentary. It contains very interesting perspectives from throughout the country - some bleak, some rather funny - and is recommended viewing for all those who have a boring assignment to do and can afford to have a Google Video window open on the edge of the screen. The choice of music throughout the film ranges from traditional Kazakh music via Abba (!) to full-blown club tunes (some of which is rather misfortunate). Of note are the shots from the dry Aral Sea bed, the Russian exodus and the impressions from Astana at the end of the film. Da Vaz allocated a lot of his film time driving around in a car, in my opinion catching the endless width of the Kazakh steppe quite well. However, by spending such long time along the main roads, the images are also quite misrepresentative as their overall feel is rather desolate and Kazakhstan certainly has many very beautiful spots as well. And while loads of cars break down on Kazakh roads, Da Vaz must have an obsession with burst tyres and other misfortunes on Central Asian roads. If you wonder how Da Vaz works, check out this TV-feature on his stint at a Kazakh media school. His filming techniques are certainly quite unique, not only for the Kazakh students. Maybe because, in Da Vaz’s words: He refused to go to any Art college. He disliked the idea of learning the basic techniques. The outcome? A movement called, “Da Vaz”. For Da Vaz, it’s not a question of techniques but how one evolves that along with the creative process. When you go through his work, he urges you not to search for his intentions behind them. It’s how you perceive them that’s important.

Hello, I wanted to take a moment and thank you so very much for your wonderful production video called "Born to Move". I have thoroughly enjoyed it and wish to share it with friends and family. I hesitate to do so without your permission, despite the ability to share the file so easily. I am affiliated with a Kazakhstan adoption agency and feel that your work will help many MANY children see first hand where they have come from, what their life and people are like in the years they were born. You have really given us all a very special gift. I would very much like to link our adoption agency site to your work and presently have your film clip available for our parents to view. Would you kindly allow me to copy your media onto a DVD and give it out this way as well? Would you require any form of royalty or payment? I would also like to direct parents to make contributions toward your work if this is acceptable. Please let me know, and again, thank you!!

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