24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
This student-made documentary from the Kyrgyz Mountains region is a sensational viewing experience thanks to its interplay of form and content. Captured in the cinematographic style of a shaking image from a handheld camera, episodic moments such as milking goat milk and bathing in a healing spring in the middle of a pasture compose an authentic record of the life of local herdsmen, who must lead their herds to graze through the pasture despite the adversity of the elements working against them. In its clarity, the film's unkempt style, shot in the mountains above Lake Issyk-kul, allows it to reflect on nature and naturalism.
„In childhood,I helped my brother drive the horses from the village to the mountains after I had good memories,then when I studied directing at the documentary film courses i chose this topic after.“ E. Omurbekov
biographyErlan Omurbekov (1995) is a graduate of Semyon A. Chyukov's Kyrgyz State State School of Art. He has been devoted to documentary filmmaking since 2017 when he became the student of documentary filmmaker, Asel Zhuraeva. It was under his tutelage that Omurbekov's film, Herding, was conceived.
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