Serik Aprymov is a filmmaker and writer from Kazakhstan. Following his military service, he took up film studies in directing at the Moscow Film School (VGIK). He was one of the young Kazakh talents who attended the workshop of well-known Russian director Sergei Solovyov in 1989. The first feature film of Aprymov, Kijan (Last Stop) (1992), received international acclaim but angered the natives of his village, who were shocked at his portrayal of their lives. Aprymov’s second film was never released, but his third feature, properly named Aksuat (1998), revealed again his keen eye for realistic detail and was successful at the 1998 Eurasia Film Festival in Almaty (Kazakhstan), after which it was screened at the 1999 International Berlin Film Festival.