In support of the album of the same name, famous singer Alla Boychenko is preparing to release a video clip on the song "Maryam".
This is a large-scale project that bears a deep cultural significance, reflecting the history and life of the Balkarian people. Magomed Kumykov, the director and scriptwriter, undertook to illustrate them in a colorful and authentic way.
Alla told about how two very intense shooting days were spent. Today we will tell about the first ...
Saklya Kyazima Mechieva
The video was shot in the Khulamo-Bezengi district. There is a saklya in which once lived the ancestor of Balkarian poetry and the founder of the Balkarian language Kyazim Mechiev, who became a legendary personality for the Karachay-Balkarians. Now this saklya is a museum in which the ancient household items of this people and personal belongings of Kyazim are collected. It was there that they decided to shoot the video "Maryam".
“On the first day of the shooting we went to the Bezingi gorge, to the Saclay,” Alla says, “the road there was very difficult, as it stands on a remote elevation, many kilometers from the nearest settlement Bezengi. We had to drive through the border post, as Georgia is already there. The Mechiev Museum is located in a difficult area, so the administration of the Beeringi district has brought our numerous team there in off-road vehicles.
We shot from noon till night. It was incredibly cold! Approximately -5 degrees, everything is very cold. And taking into account the fact that we were landed and left, and should have been taken away only in the evening (at the end of the shooting), we found ourselves in the atmosphere of a “desert island”, which was also very interesting and extremely in itself. When you realize that there is no connection, no electricity, no heating, no hot water, and it is an archaic sensation to the nearest village to stomp long kilometers on the mountain slopes! Especially when you think about the fact that Kyazim Mechiev was lame in one leg, but at one time he constantly walked on foot to the nearest settlements. Moreover, the man made a hajj on foot to Mecca! Therefore, being aware of all this, at that moment it was a bit extreme and scary ... "
Kyazim Mechiev - the founder of Balkarian poetry, the founder of the literary Balkar language - was born in 1859 in Bezengi. Being a lame boy, he since his early days helped his father in the forge, and later went to study at the Leskenskoy madrasah. This was desired by his father, who in his time was deprived of the opportunity to receive an education. And his hopes were justified. Kyazim promptly studied Persian and Turkish, and wrote the first verses in Arabic letters. His hunk (in which the video was shot) proudly and lonely stands at a remote elevation, many kilometers from the nearest settlement of Bezengi. Almost all his life, Kyazim lived there, forged iron, worked and did without modern heating, hot water and electricity, which today's “mountaineers” cannot even imagine) Being a deeply religious person, on foot he made a hajj to Mecca, despite his limping . He proclaimed philanthropy, piety, was a real philosopher and humanist. It was a great honor for me to be ALREADY in his ancient sakle, let alone shoot the first clip there. Thank you for this presented fairy tale @magomed_koumykov - to a person, director, adventurer, humorist and sadist)) for the idea 💡 and the sea of adventure! 🌄🏞🌌 # Caucasus # Kabardino Balkaria #backstage # Balkaria # Mountains # mountaineers # Balkarians #northcaucasus # Karachai #mountains #balkaria #balkarian # alans
On the set was not without incident situations. For example, when it was necessary to flood the stove in a sakle to take pictures, where smoke comes out of the chimney, it turned out that no one had either a lighter or matches with them. It was necessary to search for a way out of the situation, using available means - operators and photographers fired with the help of a camera lens and sunlight!
" It was very interesting! - the actress remembers, - the real extreme. But on this our adventures are not over. The second incident moment was the case with my shoes. It so happened that she was too noticeable. I was wearing yellow rubber boots, which I specifically wore, because I understood how cold the food was, and it was not envisaged that the legs would be visible when we were taken in national dresses. But it turned out that I had to move a lot in the frame and when I did it, the hem lifted, and from under it I could see these funny yellow boots. Therefore, when the director had patience, he forced me to take off my boots, and for several hours, quite long (and they seemed to me like an eternity at all!) I was barefoot, wearing thin socks. Of course, later it had not the most pleasant impact on my body and health, but, nevertheless, we saved the frame! ”
The singer said that, despite the fact that she was so cold that her teeth didn’t get a tooth, and her face was cramped, when shooting duplicates she miraculously came to her senses and worked like a machine, so on video everything worked out perfectly.
The director's idea was to show only the female line in the video, as well as to bring maximum naturalism and realism into it. Therefore, when discussing the images of the main characters, Alla and Magomed decided not to dress them up in modern stylized national costumes, but to get the dresses of “that time”.
“We wanted everything to be as close as possible to the era of the life of our ancestors, which we tried to capture in the video, so the costumes on me and on the actresses are real, from a private collection. There was a genuine wedding dress, and sheepskin coats, and bathrobes, and old scarves. Some of these shawls have been preserved since the 1870's, they even have a gold embossment, which was very popular at that time among girls of status, those who could afford it. Upon closer inspection of such suits, there are incredible feelings! Shooting at them was doubly pleasant. Despite the fact that outwardly they are much simpler than modern ones, nevertheless, their luxury lies precisely in simplicity, sophistication, which, of course, already then people had.
On how the second day of filming was spent and why Alla decided to shoot her first video for the song “Maryam”, we will tell you next time. Stay tuned!