One may think that Ali is a student from another country visiting Karaganda, Kazakhstan. In fact, Ali is a Kazakh who grew up at an orphanage and differs from other Kazakh people with the color of his skin.
This is a story about a man trying to find his place in this life.
Ali is a Kazakh with black blood in his veins.
Ali was born in a one-parent family in Tashkent in 1991. He grew up with his mother until he was 10. His mother was a saleslady and they could hardly make both ends meet. When Ali turned 10, she decided to go back to Kazakhstan, her homeland.
They headed to a village near Karaganda in hope that their relatives who lived there would help them. However, when they saw the color of Ali’s skin, they turned Ali and his mother down.
All Ali knows about his father is that he was from Africa. On the whole, everything connected to his father is a taboo for Ali.
‘To Ali from his mother’
When Ali’s mother learnt that her relatives were not going to help them, the woman decided to send her son to the children’s home. Ali says that he got used to the fact that he is alone and doesn’t want to revive that connection with his mother who sometimes sends letters to him.
However, the boy still cares about his mother and keeps all letters from her in a folder with his documents.
It is very difficult for Ali to be different. It is difficult to live in the orphanage and it gets even more difficult when you’re the only one with black skin there.
Ali keeps asking himself questions, like why he is different, why he doesn’t have a loving family, why he always has to prove to other people that he is Kazakh…
When Ali was a child, he would always lose control hearing “Hey, nigger!” from his classmates and put up a fight. Besides, he could not read until 12 and it made the situation even worse. Only now, when he got older, he learnt how to turn every comment on his skin color into a joke.
In high school, the boy began participating in KVN, a humor show and competition, to realize that his look was his big advantage rather than disadvantage.
Ali was so good playing for ‘Bolashak’ college that the principal offered him to enter the college to stay in the team. Ali agreed and entered the faculty of foreign languages to become an interpreter.
It was in Karaganda, where Ali acquired his first fans and became popular.
Ali realized that to become a successful showman, he has to be witty and well-educated. So now he works hard reading books and studying, trying to perfect himself.
Besides, he joined dancing classes because he understands that being athletic-looking and having good control over his body would be an additional plus for him.
Half a year ago, Ali tried to enter the Academy of Arts in Almaty to study acting technique but he failed. Next year, he’s going to try to do it again.
Heading to Karaganda.
This lady is a fortune-teller. She said that Ali’s life would be connected with acting, warned him to stay away from gilrs and advised him to work harder to score successes. She also added that his father had no idea that he had a son in Kazakhstan.
The boy is always in the center of everyone’s attention.
Ali has a funny joke or story for everyone.
In Karaganda, Ali was welcomed by his KVN teammates.
Jokes, laughter, exitement… that’s how the team rehearses for another KVN game.
Ali says that these people are more than just his friends. They’ve become his family.
This time there was no doubt that Ali and his team would take first place.
And they did win!
Ali could work as an interpreter or a server. However, he doesn’t imagine himself anywhere but on stage and think it to be the only right choice for him. It is only on stage where he feels really alive. In these moments of triumph, he understands that he should work harder and deserves the best!
Ali loves Karaganda, even though sometimes people take him as an ‘alien’. Once he starts telling them a joke, they stop seeing the color of his skin.
When he returned to Almaty, he headed straight to a corporate party because that’s how he makes money.
His unusual look is what makes him special. People like seeing a black guy speaking the Kazakh language perfectly.
Apart from success and fame, Ali dreams of having his own family. He wants to get married and have children. He wants to have people whom he could give his love and warmth to. He will do anything to avoid making the same mistakes that his parents did. He wants his children to know who their father is and be proud of him.