Dear Kyrgyzstan

Stills from the gorgeous short documentary film called My Dear Kyrgyzstan:

Co-directed and produced by Noam Argov, My Dear Kyrgyzstan is a 13-minute documentary about Emil, a social media-obsessed entrepreneur, who has returned to put his village on the map as an international tourist destination. The challenge he faces is that it is one of the most remote places on earth: an abandoned Soviet mining village in Kyrgyzstan.

As the warming of our climate continues, it’s hard not to think about tourism, travel, and the effects of airplanes on our earth. At the same time, we want our communities and people dear to us to thrive, eat well, and not live in poverty.

Emil getting a photo of his local friends for his social media.

Emil getting a photo of his local friends for his social media.

I found the story to be both inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. Emil wants to save his town and see it thriving economically. He knows it’s going to change his village forever and doesn’t know if it will be a totally positive thing or negative change. I think, of course, that it will likely be a mix of both.

You can follow Emil on his Instagram: @destinationjyrgalanvalley