Emil is a social media-obsessed entrepreneur in one of the most remote places on earth: an abandoned Soviet mining town in the mountains of eastern Kyrgyzstan. Tracing his roots to the nomadic tribes that once roamed the area, Emil has returned to put his village back on the map by convincing wealthy tourists and famous bloggers to go there on vacation.

When Noam Argov first came to us with a story of an eccentric man trying to coax tourists to his forgotten village in Eastern Kyrgyzstan, we knew we wanted in. We got our start making ski videos with our friends, so the chance to spend time in the bucolic village of Jyrgalan with a character like Emil felt like a dream come true. We ended up making two trips with Noam to this sleepy Kyrgyz town and came back with over 150 hours of footage. In the end it’s become something we’re really proud of. 


Client: Noam Argov Media

Production Company: Documist

Directors: Alex Pritz and Noam Argov

Producer: Noam Argov

Cinematographers: Alex Pritz and Jack Weisman

Edited by: Nigel Galt and Alex Pritz

Original Score by: Katya Mihailova

Sound Design and Mix: Hansdale Hsu

Assistant Editors: Eric Barr and Lauren Nolan

Field Producers: Katya Mihailova and Jack Weisman

Color: Seth Ricart / RCO


Nominated for Best mini-doc, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2019

Official Selection, Atlanta Film Festival 2019

Official Selection, American Documentary Film Festival 2019

Official Selection, Vancouver Mountain Film Festival 2019

Official Selection, IndieGrits 2019


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