Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Forgotten on the roof of the world" ©Matthieu Paley, trailer is up!

Back from a month travel. It took, on and off, approximately 1 year in the making but the web-documentary on the Afghan Kyrgyz is done! I recently put up the 5mn trailer. You can also see it right here, better if you have a fast connection.

Here is a brief synopsis: "This multimedia documentary "Forgotten on the Roof of the World" tells the story of a little-known tribe of Kyrgyz nomads in one of earth’s most remote regions - Afghanistan’s High Pamirs mountains. Leading the viewer through this people's stories of struggle and survival, of opium addiction and infant mortality, French photographer Matthieu Paley and American anthropologist Ted Callahan narrate the film in word and image. Their documentation covers the tribe’s unique barter trade with a small community in Pakistan as well as their routines and traditions ‘at home’ in Afghanistan. Beneath the surface, the documentary addresses one of humanities most elementary themes - Homeland - giving a global context to the story of a seemingly insignificant forgotten tribe."

A couple of screen shots below:

It will be aired at various Film Festivals worldwide, I will keep you posted. Back to work here in Hong Kong. I will be in Mongolia from Feb 11th until the 24th. Last I checked, it was -42C in the Gobi desert, where we are heading! This is it, I am buying a full body fleece suit!