Documentary series

Somewhere on Earth

40 x 52' and 40 x 26'
Since 2009
France 5

Season 7


Producer - Dominique PIPAT
Director - Anne VIRY-BABEL
Photography – Jean-Christophe CHENEAU
Editor – Cécile LECANTE
Production manager - Candy CHEVALIER
Production Coordinator – Framboise ROYER-JACQUIER
Sound Mixing – Christophe ROBERT Narrator – Jerry DI GIACOMO
Graphics – Seed Factory / Alexis MARTINEZ
Original Music - Frank WILLIAMS / Benoît DANIEL / Olivier BODIN / Alain BERLOTY / Christophe HENROTTE / Erlan KASABOLOTOV
Post Production / Transatlantic Vidéo / Françoise DUBUISSON

Summary :

Somewhere on Earth is taking you to Central Asia; to Kyrgyzstan, where the population lives in harmony with Nature. The Kyrgyz, a semi-nomadic people of horsemen, carry their cultural heritage with pride. Kyrgyzstan, this small land-locked country, is made up of high plateaus, surrounded by impassable mountains, an enclave of harsh serenity. The Tian Shan, literally “The Celestial Mountains”, rise to an altitude of 7400 meters. Welcome to the realm of boundless peaks. These mountains form a jewel box containing inestimable treasures.

Muscat BORUCHEV lives in the Ters Valley, in the west of the country, where he raises only Kygyrz horses, a breed that nearly disappeared during the Soviet era on account of extensive crossbreeding with Russian horses. He decided to bring this breed back and let the rest of the world know about the characteristics of this sturdy horse. Since 2009 he’s been concentrating his efforts on the spotted horse, the charat in Kygyrz.

Bastien CHAIX Bastien came to Kyrgyzstan for the first time 9 years ago. This ornithologist-slash-naturalist fell in love with this country where the people are in such close contact with Nature. Bastien, a committed enthusiast, has been leading scientific expeditions for the NGO Objectif Sciences International, since 2009. To make the youth of Kyrgyzstan aware of environmental issues the organism funds expeditions with youngsters from the Karakol orphanage who’ve lost contact with the world of Nature.

Through the dust and heat of the dirt tracks in the south, one can sometimes catch sight of an odd vehicle. It’s the all-terrain eBilim bus. On board, are Iliyaz USENOV and Kuban MOIDINOV, a pair of enthusiastic buddies. eBilim is a mobile digital library; its mission is to inform and educate in the most remote, isolated communities of Naryn province.