Elnura Osmonalieva is a promising independent filmmaker and producer. She came to AUCA in 1998 after a student exchange year in the USA as a FLEX program participant. Being very interested in camera work, photography and drama, Elnura joined the Journalism department. Today Elnura is back on the filmmaking path. A few months ago she won the International Almaty Film Festival with her film “Shaken Zhuldyzdary”. In addition to her new hardware, Elnura was also the winner of the Best Director Award at the Master Class of Ernest Abdyjaparov and was the Main Award Winner at the Second Auteur Film Festival for young filmmakers of Central Asia.
Varvara Lokteva is communication specialist at Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia, and helps to organize the media camp “Promoting Dialogue between Russian and Central Asian Youth Leaders” which is held by AUCA and OSI.
Dina Karabekova studied Journalism and Mass Communication, and graduated from AUCA in 2012. Earlier this year she began to work at the lifestyle magazine for men, #ONE MAGAZINE, where she is now an editor. "Journalism is fun. You do not have to be a mathematician or follow a complex set of rules. Basically, you just need to be able to do the most simple things - you need to listen, write, read, and try to make your audience respond somehow. Thus you should learn to ask the right questions, have a courage to ask the most inconvenient question, for it is not your job to make a person comfortable, it is to gain the information," Dina wishes to future Journalism students.
Olga now lives in London where she teaches yoga and runs various yoga events. She has been practising Kundalini yoga (and other various yoga styles) for five years and is teaching professionally for the last three years.
Yoga came into her life when she first moved to Britain and it was not easy to adapt to a new place. Olga started practicing yoga because she wanted to find peace of mind, joy and clarity in life. She practiced in the mornings and sang the mantra, which she knew nothing about, but she felt that her soul loved it. She started reading about yoga, going to yoga-clubs where she met wonderful people that showed her the way life should be – light, bright and loving. Having moved from sunny Asia with its juicy watermelons and all flavors of life, London seemed her even greyer than it is. Yoga returned herthe taste of life - her life has become incredible.When Olga started practicing yoga, she had a good job and it seemed that everything was perfect – the work was interesting, different projects, a lot of knowledge ... but something was missing inside. She was searching for something;she didn’t know what she needs for happiness. When she realized that she did not have enough freedom and self-expression and the work was just a routine, she understood that she was just pretending to be doing what she wanted to do.
So, after having worked for a couple of years successfully, she has left her job. And in spite of everyone’s astonishment, she was happy, because she took an honest decision to herself. She no longer lied to herself, began to hear and listen to her inner voice and to accept each decision as a solution from her soul. Yoga has made Olga more sensitive. The answers came ...she went to India and did her teacher training there, and it was the most transformational experience of her life.
“It is like you are given a second chance. It is like you start to live life the way it is meant to be lived. I lived in the Himalayas for 2 months and it is beyond the most powerful place on planet Earth,” she said.