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37 Uses for a Dead Sheep (DVD) (*)
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$29.99

Original Title: Thirty Seven Uses for a Dead Sheep
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Berlin International Film Festival
European Film Awards
Other Film Festival Awards


Language Selections:
English ( Dolby Digital Stereo )
English ( Subtitles )


Product Origin/Format:
United Kingdom ( PAL/Region 0 )

Running Time:
85 min

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (1.78:1)

Special Features:
Cast/Crew Interview(s)
Deleted Scenes
Documentary
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Trailer(s)
Black & White


Movie filmed in 2006 and produced in:
United Kingdom ( Great Britain, Ireland )


Directed By:
Ben Hopkins


Written By:
Ben Hopkins


Actors:
Sereban Aslan ..... The Poor Man's Wife
Suleyman Atanisev ..... The Trader
Ismail Atilgan ..... The Poor Man
Alpaslan Kutlu ..... Haji Rahman Qul (younger)
Arif Kutlu ..... Haji Rahman Qul (older)


Synopsis:
***ATTENTION***Audio - mix of English & Kirghiz***Subtitles-English***The Pamir Kirghiz are a tribe of some 2,000 people from the Pamir region of Central Asia. For the last 27 years they have lived in exile in Eastern Turkey. In 2005 an Anglo-Turkish film crew arrives in their village to work with the tribe to tell their story. In a series of scenes divided into 'chapters', we see revealing interviews with the Kirghiz, see exciting and entertaining reconstructions shot on film in a variety of different cinematic styles, and comic scenes of the interaction between the film crew and the community. During this process, we learn how the Pamir Kirghiz' antipathy to Communism drove them from Soviet Russia, then later from Maoist China, and finally from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to their current exile. And as the past is explored in interview and reconstruction, we see how the Pamir Kirghiz live today in modern Turkey. The film is part historical document, part ethnographical description of a unique people, part portrait of the conflict between individual and globalised culture, and part comedy about the process of film-making.

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 the central Asia. Because of their unswerving opposition to Communist ideologies, the Kirghiz were rejected by virtually every country on the Asian continent until they received international support and two alternate offers for permanent homes - one in the eastern regions of Turkey and one, backed by the U.S., in Alaska. (The tribe chose the former.) Here, documentarist Hopkins teams up with Ekber Kutlu, a Kirghiz scholar and artist, and travels inside of the Kirghiz, for one of the first cinematic glimpses of this cultural unit. Within the film, Hopkins intercuts newly shot on-location documentary footage with dramatic reconstructions of events from the tribe's past (filmed in disparate styles), to provide a window into the Kirghiz experience over the course of time -- revealing the persistence and tenacity that older generations have projected in the face of massive obstacles, and the unbridled optimism of the younger as they anticipate future years.

To preserve their culture, the Pamir Kirghiz people have migrated across Central Asia from the U.S.S.R to China to Afghanistan to Pakistan and finally to remote eastern Turkey, but now they face the most serious threat to their traditions: globalization.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 07 December, 2010.

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