KYRGYZSTAN - Shepherd Dootkasy and his wide Anarkul share their family's observations and traditional adaptation to the changing climate in highland pastures of Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan mountains.
Featuring: Sariev Dootkasy & Anarkul Bakirdynova
Director/Camera/Editor: Ivan Golovnev
Producer/Editor: Citt Williams
Associate Producer: Emil Shukurov, Marat Beksultanov
Translations: Almaz Japarov
Graphics: David Jimenez
Sound Mixer: Tfer Newsome
Driver Alexander Chapanov
Thanks to Turganbubu Orunbaeva, Urmat Mamadiarov and Totobek Kenenbaev
Shot on location in Inner Tian Shan mountains, Kyrgyzstan
Duration 8:10 minutes
Developed and produced for United Nations University (UNU) by UNU Media Studio & Aleine Ecological Movement of Kyrgyzstan, in association with UNU-IAS Traditional knowledge Initiative and The Christensen Fund.
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*About this Project*
The United Nations University together with Aleine Ecological movement of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan’s Academy of Sciences - Institute of Zoology and Parasitology, and Foundation of sustainable development of Altai, collaborated as partners in the coordination, production and dissemination of 3 short videos dealing with Central Asian Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change. Collaboratively made with Indigenous storytellers, the videobriefs are told in local languages, respect Intellectual Property rights and provide storytellers with media training, resources and a fair media engagement model for future projects. The final videos played alongside other international climate change videos at a locally coordinated forum event and later at a special screening at the National Museum of Denmark during the Copenhagen COP15 meeting.
*About the filmmakers*
Ivan Golovnev- Director/Camera/Editor
Ivan was born in 1978 in Omsk, a city in southwest Siberia. He graduated from the Omsk State University, History Department. In 2002 he finished college at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio in Ekaterinburg. In 2005 he finished the Highest Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow. In addition to studying theory, he has worked as an assistant director during the filming of documentary and feature films and also as a director of a local TV station. He directed the documentary television series The Time of Myths about the traditional culture of the Khanty and the Mansi, two indigenous peoples of Russia’s northwest Siberia. In 2004, he completed a documentary entitled Tiny Katerina, which chronicles three years from the life of a small Khanty girl and her family who exist in harmony with nature and follow the rites of their traditional culture, until the oil industry disrupts their livelihood. This film has received awards at several international festivals. Currently, Golovnev is completing a short feature film and working on a documentary about representatives of different denominations in Siberia. Ivan is a member of the Russian Filmmakers Union (RFU) and has been a winner and participant of the following international film festivals and film projects:
2005 Open World Leadership Program for filmmakers (USA);
2006 BERLINALE Talent Campus (Competition Section);
2007 Why Democracy International Film Project;
2008 EthnoFilm Project (producer);
2009 Crossing Boundaries International Film Project;
Citt Williams- Producer/Editor
Citt is a documentary filmmaker at the UNU Media Studio with over 12 years producing experience in broadcast media. Citt’s produced documentary films have been screened at festivals including Cannes (Yellow Fella), Sundance, Mumbai, Melbourne and by broadcasters including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery and National Geographic. She has a Masters degree in documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (Sydney) and a Business degree in Film and TV Production from QUT (Brisbane). Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues. Her role in the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by Indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination. In preparation for the project, Citt studied Russian.
Aleine Ecological Movement of Kyrgyzstan
Founded by distinguished Kyrgyz Professor Emil Shukurov, the Aleine Ecological Movement aims to help the shepherds fight land degradation and adapt to the changes in climate. By reviving the traditional knowledge of nomadic peoples — regarding seasonal pastures, grazing times, and the composition and quantity of grasses — the movement hopes to boost agrobiodiversity, which will in turn support the livelihoods of nomad communities.
United Nations University Media Studio
The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies - Traditional Knowledge Inititaive
The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination. unutki.org
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