Wakhan, a cinematic poem, sketches two tribes: the Wakhis and the Kyrgyz. Filmed in furthest reaches of this mythical, Hindu-Kush plateau, and far removed from the Taliban, it's an exploration in the pursuit of pure, non-verbal sensations. This journey through the Wakhan Corridor connects with the daily lives of these reclusive peoples living at altitudes of 4,000 m. Artistic, experiential and impressionistic, Wakhan, a documentary, peers into this mysterious Afghan reality.
Best first Documentary Film, Festival Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois - Prize Pierre et Yolande Perreault 2014
Direction Varial Cédric Houin
Production Varial*Studio, Fabrice Nadjari,Victorine Sentilhes
Special Collaboration ARSENAL Montréal – Contemporary Art
Delgate Producer Victorine Sentilhes
Original Idea Varial* & Fabrice Nadjari
Editing Cyril Lochon
Original Score David Drury
Post-Production Manager Joshua Sherret
Associate Producers Josuah Scherett, Cyril Lochon, David Drury, Pierre Trahan
Toronto, April 17th 2014 to August 16th 2014
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Arsenal Vancouver end of2014
Montreal, October 2013 - March 2014
New York, January 2013
Montréal, December 2011
NYC, May-June 2012
NYC, May 2012
Bursa photojournalism Festival
Turkey, September 2012
This 300 km (approx. 186 mi.) long Corridor, located in north-eastern Afghanistan bordering China, Tajikistan and Pakistan, is considered one of the most remote and difficult to access regions in this part of the world- but also one of the most stable.
Populated by two tribes, the Wakhi and the Kyrgyz, who live in peaceful coexistence while both trying to survive in a great expanse where the altitude and lack of resources render it practically uninhabitable. The first, farmers and Ismaili Muslims and a people whom, according to certain anthropological theories, are descended from Alexander the Great. The second, a nomadic herding tribe of Sunni Muslims whose Asian features suggest Mongolian lineage. Their seasonal villages of yurts spread across the furthest and highest reaches of the Corridor.
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In 2011, inspired by an article published by the New York Times, Varial* Cédric Houin, photographer and director, and Fabrice Nadjari, cultural entrepreneur,decided to embark on a journey in the Wakhan corridor, a remote region of northeastern afghanistan untouched by the war and preserved from the taliban regime.
Equipped with photo, video and sound paraphernalia, transported on the backs of donkeys laden with solar panels, they trekked 180 miles along that closed corridor, from the beginning of the Hindu Kush mountains to the western Himalayas and the border of china, to meet and document the lives of these villagers, farmers, herders and nomads, prisoners of this apogee of the world surrounded by almost impassable limits.
What they discovered during those weeks of walks is an « untouched » Afghanistan where the values of sahring, welcoming and brotherhood remains the one inspired by the books of Jospeh Kessel and Nicolas Bouvier.
Written from a somewhat intimate angle, the project celebrates the beauty and simplicity of these ancient cultures, generally unknown to the world, without concealing the hardships faced by these men and women, or the issues that lay ahead for this changing country. Presented as a hybrid experience, offering the viewer a different vision of a country they believe, perhaps incorrectly, they already know.