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Staging the Stans
Staging the Stans: The Store
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:00PM
Silk Road Rising @ The Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St
Run time is approximately ninety minutes with no intermission.
Written by Olzhas Zhanaydarov
Translated by John Freedman
Directed by Jeremy Aluma
Based on real events, Olzhas Zhanaydarov’s The Store exposes the brutal torment of a Kazakh migrant working in Moscow. Public indifference and a corrupt police force silence young victims lured from their homeland by a Kazakh trafficker. Promises of money, citizenship, and family reunification set the stage for a life of indentured servitude and abuse, a reality rationalized by religious interpretations of master and slave.