Karakoram HeliSki 2013 from Walkabout Films
Karakoram HeliSki 2013 from Walkabout Films
This 2004 BBC television series records comedian and travel presenter Michael Palin’s six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range, covering an amazingly diverse range of cultures and environments in various countries. It includes 1° North by Northwest – Pakistan’s tribal province, featuring Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Gilgit, Chitral and K2; 2° A Passage to India – Lahore (still in Muslim Pakistan), and in its mainly Hindu rival India: Amritsar, Shimla, Dharamsala (meeting with the Dalai Lama) and Srinagar; 3°Annapurna to Everest – Nepal (the capital Kathmandu, meeting with King Gyanendra, and Annapurna Mountain; includes a scare involving the Maoist rebels in the Gurkha recruiting area) and Tibet (administered as a Chinese province: Pokhara and the Everest base camp on the northern side). 4° The Roof of the World – Tibet’s capital Lhasa and in China’s Qinghai province Yushu. 5° Leaping Tiger, Naked Nagas – from China’s Yunnan province to India’s Nagaland state – features Kunming, Lijiang, Lugu Lake, the Naga village of Longwa on the Indian-Burmese border and a trek along Tiger Leaping Gorge; 6° Bhutan to the Bay of Bengal – India’s Assam state (Kaziranga National Park), Bhutan (capital Thimphu) and Bangladesh (Sylhet, the capital Dhaka and finally Chittagong on the Bay of Bengal)
In 1993, Elizabeth Tschursin, a young American, journeyed to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan and fell in love with the place and its people. This is the story of how her visit led to the plans to build a model school in the small village of Murtazaabad.
Filmed by Maheen Zia
Directed and Edited by Mahera Omar
The remote Pakistani valley of Bagrot developed in splendid isolation. Cut off from the rest of the world by the mountains, it was self-sufficient and had its own distinctive character. However, the construction of a major new highway changed everything. Suddenly, it become a cog in the global market. Once calm streets were flooded with tourists; children discovered the internet and a whole new world opened up to villagers. But the road has also irrevocably altered the nature of village communities and left them at the whim of market forces. This beautifully filmed documentary provides a snapshot of a society in transience .
Broghil, also spelled Boroghil or Broghol and several other ways, is a high mountain pass that crosses the Pamir and connects the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan with Chitral in Pakistan. According to the National Geographic Geographic Project, Broghil Pass appears to be the route used by the ancestors of all modern Western Europeans to reach Europe. Broghil is a relatively low pass, only 3,798 meters or 12,460 feet high. It was closed for about three months each winter because of snow, but for much of the rest of the year it was passable even for cart traffic. It is located at 37°00’N 73°26’E.
The area of Broghil is inhabited by Wakhi Tajiks and by Kyrgyz.
The Broghil Pass is one of the four major mountain passes enter Chitral. The others are the Dorah Pass from Badakshan in Afghanistan, Shandur Top from Gilgit, and Lowari Top from Dir in Pakistan.
For several years, evidence has been mounting that the global climate is steadily getting warmer. As a result the melting glaciers are constantly undressing the majestic snow covered peaks of Himalayas. Last Look at the Himalayas is an environmental conservation documentary by Off-Road Studios, aiming to capture whats left and promote the struggle against global warming.
Baltistan – The Land of Beauty (A Documentary on the Gilgit Baltistan) – Produced & Directed by Hassan Hayat Khan.
In a remote part of northern Pakistan, a tribe believed to be descended from Alexander the Great is facing cultural annihilation.
As animists, the Kalash Kafirs live by cultural practices which clash with those of the Muslim Pakistanis’ that surround them. Their identity is constantly undermined by their Muslim neighbours. Help comes in the form of volunteers from Greece who believe that the Kalash people are part of their own ancient history and worth preserving. New facilities are being built but such help comes at a price. “They are building in their own way…I think they should build like Kalash,” complains villager Mohammed. Whether fact or fiction, the Kalasha realise the commercial value of their founding myth and so are keen to preserve it. However, it is their spiritual life and beliefs that they feel are under threat by the growing hostility of fundamentalists. With jobs promised to those that convert, over 6,000 have reluctantly given up their bright national dress to become Muslim. For the Kalash people, both their past and future remain uncertain.
Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures
Shandur is the highest Polo Ground in the World (3738 meters above sea), situated in Chitral along the border with Gilgit. Chitral is a beautiful valley in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Every year a three day Polo Festival takes place during the second week of July (July 7, 8 and 9) in this remote Polo ground of the World.
A Documentary on Hunzo culture and traditions. Part 1 of 4.
A Documentary on Hunzo culture and traditions. Part 2 of 4.
A Documentary on Hunzo culture and traditions. Part 3 of 4.
A Documentary on Hunzo culture and traditions. Part 4 of 4.
A documentary film by Wajahat Malik made in 2002 about the legendary Shandur Polo. This is part Two (2/2). Copyrights belong to owner.