ALIAS KURBAN SAID is the quest for a mysterious writer with the help of excerpts from his novel ALI AND NINO - a recent sensational discovery with cult-status – and other partly autobiographical novellas. The journey touches areas of spiritual pursuit and takes us past exotic historical sites at the beginning of the twentieth century that have acquired a new relevance now, at the beginning of this new century.
The pursuit is more important than the goal, for the true identity of the writer is as heavily contested as it is dubious. The documentary shows us ‘the art of survival’ against a grim background. It has something of the atmosphere of a fantastic fairytale about a smart aleck, chameleon like braggart too quick for his foes and working in secret on his tragic masterpiece.