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Kok-Boru: A Brief Introduction

Posted on 8/23/2016 2:27:00 PM in What We're Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

One of Kyrgyzstan's most popular sports is a game called Kok-Boru, which is somewhat like a combination of basketball and polo. Aibek Adigineev is a fan—he explains this sport and its goal. Two horse-mounted teams compete to throw a goat carcass into a large hole in the ground. Before the match begins, there is a ceremony of blessings and prayers, and the goat is killed. The game attracts quite a following, but personally I wish they’d use a wet clump of turf instead of the poor goat.

Kok-Boru - A Brief Introduction - Produced by Joseph Gentle

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Perhaps you’ll witness Kok-Boru in action with O.A.T. on our Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan pre-trip extension during The Stans of Central Asia: Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan.

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