‘Always peaceful’ follows 24-year-old Marat from the chaotic big city to the tranquil village where he spent his childhood summers. In this film co-produced with Marat, director Rob Eagle captures fragments of sounds and the rhythm of daily life in rural Kazakhstan. Music is as integral to their everyday rich aural environment as the cluck of their chickens and moo of their cows. A poetic and romanticised vision of village life, the film reflects the way Marat himself nostalgically views the countryside village of his childhood.
Rob Eagle is a UK-based documentary film-maker. With an MA in Visual Anthropology from Manchester's Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, he has filmed throughout Kazakhstan on three separate occasions. Over the past six years in London, he worked briefly in TV, researching and filming for programmes for the BBC and the Discovery Channel, before he directed four short documentaries for Current TV. He has made over 200 short documentary-style films for University College London, where he works as in-house film-maker. He is currently working on a series of documentaries on the history of the gay and lesbian community in London.