Name of Provider: Vadim Romanov
Copyright Owner: Kyrgyzfilm, Sagynbek Ishenov
A documentary on falconry in Kyrgyzstan, directed by Sagynbek Ishenov in 1992 for the studio Kyrgyzfilm. The film opens with Chalagyz Imankulov, a famous akyn, or improvisational poet, and player of the komuz, a three-stringed Kyrgyz lute. Like many Kyrgyz intellectuals, Imankulov was also an experienced falconer. Most of the documentary, however, follows Gennady Arkadevich Demenchuk, the director of the Issyk Kul State Game Reserve and the man behind Semiz-Bel, which was Kyrgyzstan’s first and only raptor breeding center.