FIELD REPORTS - KYRGYZSTAN
Field Reports-Kyrgyzstan is a proposed collaborative documentary project blending films, photographs, music and interviews with stories emerging from the Kyrgyz Republic. This initiative serves as an ongoing repository of memory and narrative providing a cross cultural environment for the conservation of the intangible cultural heritage of semi-nomadic life-ways.
This trans-media platform consists of a documented series of story experiences, captured from remote places for future generations. This experimental intersection of field reports using image and sound alongside scholarly commentary is focused by the use of current digital technologies and initially runs across the several themes including: Field songs and funeral lamentations, traditional food preparation, geometry of the yurt, equine heritage and Manaschi.
Director & Cinematographer: Sophie Dia Pegrum
Many of the elements and translations here are a work-in-progress. Films and documentation are presented as a guideline.
Celebrating the great role that the horse plays in Kyrgyz life, this game astride is also an opportunity for girls to participate in a traditional horse sport, a realm most usually dominated by men.
On the shores of Son-Kul lake, two young women practice for Kyz Kuumai, both great riders who attempt to outrun and out gallop their male pursuers.
Tash Rabat is a 15th Century caravanserei built as a shelter and coaching inn for merchants and their animals traveling the silk road. Nearby a family has carved out a living running a small yurt camp for tourists.
THE SADDLE MAKER
Mirbek has inherited the tools and talent of his father and grandfather, renowned in the region for their craftsmanship and talents as saddle makers. Hoping to live up to their reputation, Mirbek carves a saddle, reflecting upon the style and art of his craft, while conversing with his young son.
URMAT & AYKER
Urmat and Ayker awake at dawn to release hundreds of sheep to graze on the lush grass carpeting the landscape. Their fire is built from animal dung, and the entirety of their possessions hang on a peg, by the door.
Urmat's most prized possession is his stallion, a horse he is training to compete.
Across Kyrgyzstan, mountain people awake and they milk their horses and cook over smokey fires. Ordinary life as it has been for thousands of years.
Amongst other foods, Kyrgyz people prepare organ meats, intestines, and other animal by-products. Some of these include karin may oromo (old style oromo), made with the stomach of a sheep stuffed with meat, rice, vegetables, fat and grains, ülbürchök (a meat stuffed 'pouch' of sheep's heart), boor kuurdak (fried liver), and olovo (sheep lungs cooked in milk and butter).