37 Uses for a Dead Sheep

37 Uses for a Dead Sheep

37 Uses for a Dead Sheep

  From the once proud tribe of the Pamir Kirghiz, a nomadic tribe from Central Asia, still live today, only 2,000 people in the Turkish exile after the 20th For centuries it was primarily a time of expulsion. Originally located in the Pamir region in Dreieck between China, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the region was named by the stipulations of the two superpowers Russian Empire and British Empire split into three parts: the nomadic people settled mainly in the Russian part of Pamir. But with the Russian Revolution, the trouble began because the Pamir Kirghiz resisted integration into the Soviet empire, an armed struggle that lasted several decades until the people finally retired to the Chinese part of the Pamirs. But even here, they find a permanent shelter to escape shortly after coming to power of Mao, the Pamir Kirghiz, finally in the Afghan part of their region, one of the most inhospitable places in the world. There they lived under extreme conditions, approximately 30 years, until in Afghanistan pro-Russian forces infiltrated and took over power in the land. Again, the Kyrgyz fled, had this time to Pakistan, where they live for several years in refugee camps until 1982, Turkey finally agreed to do so, grant the tribe protection and recording. Since that time, the Kyrgyz people living in eastern Turkey – the happy end of an odyssey.

The experienced constant pain of expulsion and the loss of their homes would surely reason enough for an accusatory and bitter film about the Pamir Kirghiz rotate, but the documentation of British filmmaker Ben Hopkins is beneficial advised different – playful, especially among gay and lively participation of the people portrayed himself playing in his film, 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep a supporting role – not only are they the subject of observation and research, but also be interviewed, members of the cast and film crew.
( #) content as well as formally, the film is divided into three areas: firstly, as are the interviews, carried by a great serenity in which an old man, for example, lists the titles presentive uses for a dead sheep. In addition to the game are scenes in which Ben Hopkins and the Pamir Kirghiz rise with a lot of joy to the skirt and winking at the big pathos cornerstone of the history of the people. And finally, the film consists of finely observed sequences nor the presence of the people, laboring under the outflow of young people in the cities. This is all each with a different film (digital, 16-millimeter and shot Super-8) and gives an equally sad and cheerful, amusing and serious documentary, which cares little for conventions of the documentary, and won with such courage. Particularly noteworthy is that Hopkins, in addition to the various facets of Kyrgyz history and culture even finds time to present their own process of filmmaking, and ironically, without losing the real theme of the film from his eyes.

If had been somewhat fear of contact with supposedly serious documentaries should be this small, but very fine film necessarily a chance with 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep not only shows what the documentary can be in a position, but he also brings the laughter and the self back to the movies. Wonderful!

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep Original Title: Migration: The Story of the Afghan Kirghiz Country of production: UK, Turkey Production year: ( #) 2006 Length: 84 (Min) of material: Piffl media

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