portrait of the Kirghiz tribe, living a quasi-Iron Age existence in one of the remotest places on earth. In a bid to preserve their culture, the Pamir Kirghiz people began on a trip that led them far from home. They fled across Central Asia from the USSR then on to China, then Afghanistan, then Pakistan and finally settling in remote eastern Turkey. However, their jouney in this documentary is far from over, for now they face the biggest threat to their traditions, globalization...
37 Uses for a Dead Sheep is a charming, engagingly-constructed documentary about the last century in the existence of the Pamir Kirghiz, during which time outside forces forced the tribe from their ancestral homeland in the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia. Originally, they lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle, wandering across the borders between the old Soviet Union, China, and Afghanistan. As politics and conflicts intensified, however, first the Chinese, then the Soviets tried to control the movements of the Kirghiz, the latter through violence and imprisonment. Eventually, after settling first in Afghanistan and then in the distinctly un-Pamir valleys of Pakistan, the Kirghiz asked for help from abroad. As ethnic Turks, the choice between offers from the United States (the Kirghiz would be flown to Alaska) and Turkey was not a difficult one, and the Kirghiz now make their home in Ulupamir Village, in Eastern Turkey.