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Visualtraveling: Turkmenistan

Posted on 6/27/2017 2:27:00 PM in What We’re Watching

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

Turkmenistan is one of Central Asia’s least-visited countries. Visitors are welcome, but guides are necessary. Film and photography are heavily restricted. That is why Patrik Wallner’s short film feels especially illuminating. Most of Wallner’s shots are handheld, making interactions feel personal: a couple smiles in front of their van brimming with tomatoes, and mothers hold their children as their colorful scarves whip in the wind. I am particularly awestruck by the “Door to Hell,” the infamous gas crater located in Derweze. The crater was set aflame by geologists some 40 years ago to prevent toxic methane gases from spreading, and it has been burning ever since. Truly, Turkmenistan is a step beyond.

Courtesy Patrik Wallner

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.

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