Private Project

The Last Honours

The 3-4000 Kalash are a Non-Muslim minority living in the Hindukush Mountains in NW-Pakistan.
Among the Kalash a funeral is most important to celebrate the late person and for the relatives to gain honour.
The Kalash themselves consider their funerals beautiful expressions of their culture.
In summer 2005 the oldest man in Rumbour passed away.
The previous year he told about his life to the camera.
This film combines to two – a life remembered by a happy old man and his funeral and all the rites around it.
Birgitte Sperber has trained Yasir, a young Kalasha, as a photographer. He could shoot the ceremonies at the graveyard that women could not attend.
The film maker Birgitte Sperber has spent long times among the Kalash almost every year since 1983.
Birgitte Glavind Sperber is from Denmark, where death is almost taboo and where grief can’t be shown too much.
That was a motivation for making this film.

  • Birgitte Glavind Sperber
    Director
  • Birgitte Glavind Sperber
    Writer
  • Birgitte Glavind Sperber
    Producer
  • Salim Beg
    Key Cast
  • Yasir Khan Kalash
    Assistant photographer and translator
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    Ethnography, religion, old age, life stories, feast, death rites
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2008
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Denmark
  • Country of Filming:
    Pakistan
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    MiniDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2006
    Kathmandu
    Nepal
    December 8, 2006
    Premiere
  • Himalaya Filmfestival 2007
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    February 11, 2007
  • at RAI Ethnographic Filmfestival 2007
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    June 28, 2007
    Listed for the Material culture & Archeology Prize Screenings.
  • Pärnu International Filmfestival 2007
    Pärnu
    Estonia
    July 11, 2007
    The best film on the survival of indigenous peoples.
Distribution Information
  • Birgitte Glavind Sperber
    Country: Denmark
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Birgitte Glavind Sperber

Birgitte Glavind Sperber: Born 1942, M.Sc. in Biology and Geography from University of Copenhagen. Retired senior lecturer in Geography and Biology from University College South in Denmark.
Every year 1983-2008 and in 2018, 2019 and 2022 long stays, in total over 2½ years, among the Kalasha, a non-Muslim minority living in the Hindukush Mountains in NW Pakistan .
Education in social anthropology from Aarhus Open University. Author of books and ethnographic papers on the Kalasha.
Since 2000 shooting with a camcorder.
First film made at Danish Film Institute’s Video-workshop in Haderslev in 2001.
Since then working alone at my computer at home.
12 of my Kalasha documentaries have been selected for screening at 24 international film festivals. Two have been awarded ("The Last Honours" and "Kalasha Medicine").

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Director Statement

The Kalasha invited the filmmaker to stand and shoot closely. They have approved the documentary.