New Film: Prisoners of the Himalayas

A friend of mine sent me a link to this video, which is a teaser for a film scheduled for release in October of this year. The film is entitled Prisoners of the Himalaya, and it was shot in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan, where the Kyrgyz people live. They are unfortunately trapped by circumstances, that have them stuck in some of the highest mountains on Earth and unable to pass into Pakistan, China, or Tajikistan. All told, there are 1200 Kyrgyz in the region, and the once nomadic tribe, has to eke out a subsistence level living in one of the harshest environments on the planet.

This is definitely a film to keep your eyes on. It is beautifully, yet starkly, shot, and it promises to tell quite a tale. Find out more at

Thanks to Alan Curr for sharing this great video. Alan is headed to Afghanistan in a few months, and he knows I’m VERY jealous of that! 😉

Prisoners of the Himalayas from Louis Meunier on Vimeo.

Kraig Becker

2 thoughts on “New Film: Prisoners of the Himalayas”

  1. Unbelievable ! Never heard about those people before… your post and the video made me read up more on the subject…
    Apparently, the Wakhan corridor and the Afghan Pamir were known since the days of Marco Polo…

    It's funny how you "learn" something like this in school, but never really show any interest until you read or watch a video like this…

    BTW…while researching the subject, I came across this company "Untamed Borders" that organize horseback riding trips to that area…

    If you go…just please….don't try to "help" those people or "westernize" them…they are just fine on their own
    despite how they are portrayed in the movie

  2. Good points Paul. I hope that no one tries to westernize these people either, and I doubt they will, but it is a good reminder.

    And yes, the Wakhan Corridor was once used as a trading route during the days of the old Silk Road and Marco Polo.

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