Ben Hopkins’ documentary 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep provides a warm, benevolent, and occasionally humorous glimpse at the lifestyles, mores, and background of the Pamir Kirghiz, a nomadic tribe from central Asia.
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Food, words, clothing, voices, a particular perspective on the world embedded in the stories of a people struggling through the planetary process of changing imposed by the two dominant political ideologies of the 20th century.
an amazing people to tell stories about.
ends with the sorrow for relentless modernization and globalization but with the melancholic happines due to the simple fact that such a people existed.
A vivid and touching documentary, complete with comic asides and fabricated vintage footage. You may not have known about the Pamir Kirghiz before watching this, but their epic will stay with you.
'And of course, when you see a person for the second time, you behave as a friend to them'.
A combination of a documentary and re-enactment of some of the historical events shot on the classic 16mm and Super 8. The nomadic tribe present us their story in their own style, often with a cheerful note. This gives us the opportunity to experience their lifestyle and attitudes, but we can clearly see that some less noble episodes are being pushed to the side - for example the opium use/trade.
The modern history of the Pamir Khirghiz, a semi nomadic tribe through Riussia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and finally Turkey in an effort to survive and maintain their traditional ways is remarkable. Yaks, yurts, and yoghurt.