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Buzkashi

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In Tajikistan’s majestic Pamir mountains, horse riders battle in a centuries-old sport that pits individual riders against one another. Azam, a successful shepherd and Buzkashi champion, is experiencing drastic change. At home, his son prefers to study medicine than take over his father’s flock. On the field, Azam plays for honour and integrity but his main rival, Khurshed, uses his wealth to organize mafia-style alliances. From the chaotic, brutal action of the game to the serenity of the quiet hillsides, we follow a man shaped by tradition, now forced to face the modern world.

Running Time: 82/52 min.
Subject(s): Asian Studies, Ethnography, Sports
Language(s): Russian
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Micheline Shoebridge, Najeeb Mirza
Production Company: Buzkashi Productions Inc.

Festival Participation

  • EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) - 2013
    Special Jury Award
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2013
  • Hotdocs Canadian Spectrum
  • Phenom Film Festival (Shreveport, Louisiana)
    Best Documentary Feature

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