37 Uses For A Dead Sheep
England | 2005 | 87mins | Beta | Colour and Black & White | Subtitled
The Pamir Kirghiz are a tribe of some 2,000 people from the Pamir region of Central Asia. For the last twenty-seven years they have lived in exile in Eastern Turkey.
In 2005 an Anglo-Turkish film crew arrived 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, 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.
The film is part historical document, part ethnographical description of a unique people, part portrait of the conflict between individual and globalised culture, and part comedy about the process of filmmaking.