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37 Uses for a Dead Sheep (2006)

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.

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Credited cast:
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)
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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 The film is part historical document, part ethnographical description of a unique people, part portrait of the conflict between ... Written by David Martin

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23 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I watched this documentary at the International Film Festival in Berlin, where it also won a prize (one of three actually, as can be seen here on IMDb).

The title does suggest what this documentary is about, but that's not entirely true. This is about the Pamir Kirghiz people, who have survived many times, by moving. Which makes them practically homeless, one could say. There is not much to spoil here, but I will leave you at that.

The director also came out, afterwards and answered a few questions. The humour in the film was clearly coming from him, as everyone could see clearly by his answers that he gave!


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