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The Journey: The Future of Kazakh Nomads

Bayan-Ulgii. At the foot of the Mongolian Altai Mountains lies a region where Kazakh nomads live. While some families still continue their traditional nomadic lifestyle, others have migrated to the cities due to desertification. How do the parents and children feel and live in the traditional way of life that is being lost? I lived with them and explored their current situation.

  • Kazuya Isobe
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Kazakhstan, Mongolia
  • Language:
    Kazakh
  • Shooting Format:
    Degital (mov/H265)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Kazuya Isobe

After graduating from the Osaka City University Faculty of Human Life Science, I joined a local educational institution in the resettlement area near Manila to work in vocational training. Over the course of four years, I held the position of a trainer primarily responsible for designing training curricula. Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, I embarked on a journey to explore remote corners of the world, documenting my experiences through documentary videos.

My channel, "Henkyo (Frontier) Insiders | World Over the Shoulder," aims to showcase lesser-known aspects of people, places, and cultures from the perspective of the locals. For my debut project, titled "Lake of Death and Devil's Gold," I captured the lives of volcanic miners in Java, Indonesia, in a documentary format. The film made it to the final selection of Digicon6 Asia6 24th and was also screened at the Okinawa Sakurazaka Theatre Film Festival.

Rather than observing society as an outsider through tourism, I believe that living among the locals and observing their daily lives offers a deeper understanding of a place. Drawing from the lessons I've learned from my overseas experiences, I propose a journey that upgrades from mere tourism to immersive observation, all conveyed through visual storytelling.

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