ADYGHEA — The International Film Festival in Uruguay will showcase an animated film inspired by the Nart sagas, a creation of Bela Layuk, a native of Enem (Adyghe: Инэм).
The film offers a narrative rooted in the Adyghe (Circassian) Nart sagas and marks the inaugural instalment of a promising series.
"It pained me that while Greek and Scandinavian myths and legends enjoy widespread recognition, our own Adyghe mythology remains obscure, even to our younger generation, who seldom read nowadays," stated Layuk, the brainchild behind the animation.
You have the opportunity to watch a video, subtitled in English, crafted by Bela Layuk detailing the creation process of the "Legends of Sosruko" animated series.
Layuk initially intended to bring to the screen the stories that her grandmother Sham had shared with her in her childhood. However, upon encountering a book entitled "Narts" by an unnamed author, she chose to base her animation on this work to maintain historical accuracy.
Layuk, who now resides and works a considerable distance away from her homeland of Adyghea, emphasized the personal importance of this project, affirming that its creation held great significance for her.
The stop-motion animation titled "Legends of Sosruko," complete with English subtitles, is available for viewing on YouTube. The project was undertaken in its entirety—directing, artistry, scriptwriting, and voice-over—by Bela Layuk.