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No Gym, No Clubs

Here is another clip from our upcoming documentary Murghab. Towards the end of the film, we touch on the topic of leaving. Many Murghabi families have migrated to Kyrgyzstan over the past decade. Some established themselves in Osh or Bishkek; others found it difficult to make a living and returned. However, almost everybody in Murghab, as elsewhere around the globe, is faced with the question: where to go? Or maybe, more precisely, where to go next?

One day, hanging out with Rasul at a local fuel station and waiting for customers, he began reflecting on his choices.

“Billiards or a gym – those things we don‘t have here”, he began. “No restaurants, no night clubs… For young people, it is difficult here.”

But after a few minutes, switching from Russian to Kyrgyz, he added:

I like my birthplace. If you come to Murghab, everything is very calm. Nice and free… I hope not to leave Murghab. Let others go wherever they want.

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