Murghab, a city formerly well maintained by the Soviet Union, is now the scene of human resilience, of a population that struggles daily to live and survive in the ruins of socialism and in the very harsh environment of Tajikistan.
A magnificent collaborative ethnographic feature film, Murghab is a film about people, politics, climate, work, and hope. It is also a photographic masterpiece that insightfully illustrates the post-Soviet reality of a people and an environment.
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Martin Saxer is an anthropologist based in Munich, Germany. He was a Clarendon scholar at Oxford and received his doctorate in 2010. He conducted extensive fieldwork in Siberia, Tibet, Nepal and Tajikistan. Since 2015, he is leading the 5-year research project Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (see highlandasia.net). He is currently working on his second monograph and an exhibition on highland flotsam. Since 2012, he is running the visual ethnography blog theotherimage.com. Murghab is Martin’s third feature-length documentary film.
Marlen Elders completed her MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with a thesis on exploring aesthetics and sensory perception, experimenting with creative research methods including audio-visual techniques. In Summer 2017 she co-curated an exhibition on Munich’s environmental (hi)stories at the Rachel Carson Center (see Ecopolis München). Since 2016 she is part of the research project Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World, currently working on the highland flotsam exhibition and her first documentary film Murghab.
Daler Kaziev completed his BA at American University of Central Asia, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) in 2017. Majoring in the field of Environmental Sustainability and minoring in Anthropology, his BA thesis was about the Community Resilience and Commodification of Natural Resources in the Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan. Since 2015, Daler has been collaborating with the team of the project Remoteness & Connectivity: Highland Asia in the World. This collaboration resulted in the creation of his first documentary film Murghab. Currently, he is an MS candidate in the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.