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Sarabdek 19
Pamir Mountains
By karolinasamborska
15 Nov 2014

A wedding ceremony takes place in the big summer room. Guests dance in pairs and then they leave the dance floor for the next. A wedding ceremony takes place at the bride’s home. If the young couple comes from the same village, a ceremony starts at a bride’s house and

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Sarabdek 20
Pamir Mountains
By karolinasamborska
13 Nov 2014

The wedding guests are dancing. Anyone who wants to come is welcome. Hopefully there will be just enough space to dance.

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Meskhetian Turks: 70 years of exile
Sajavakho-Chokhatauri-Ozurgeti-Kobuleti
By TemoBardzimashvili
17 Oct 2014

During the Second World War, the Soviet Union deported around 100,000 Muslims from southern Georgia to the remote republics of Central Asia. The vast majority of them were from the Turkic Meskhetian ethnic minority, also known as Meskhetian Turks.

While no official reasons were given for their deportation, many researchers argue that under Joseph Stalin’s rule the Soviet government was suspicious about the Meskhetian Turks of the mountainous Georgian region of Samtskhe-Javakhet bordering Turkey, an undeclared ally of Nazi Germany.

Within a few days in November 1944, tens of thousands of people had to collect their belongings and move to Central Asia in cargo trains, with many of them dying during the trip that lasted for several weeks. They were settled in the Soviet Union’s central Asian republics during the harsh winter, in settlements from where they were not allowed to leave.

In 1956, three years after Stalin's death, Meshkhetians were granted the right to settle anywhere in the Soviet Union, except for Georgia. More than 60 years after their deportation, a few families managed to return to their homeland.

Some Meskhetians moved to Azerbaijan in 1958, in the hope of being as close to Georgia as possible. The very close similarity between the Meshkhetians’ language and customs on the one hand, and the language and customs in Azerbaijan on the other, helped them to blend in the Azerbaijani society easily.

Others went to Russia in the 1970s, while a small group of them managed to settle in Western Georgia in 1977. In the beginning of the 1990s, several groups of Meskhetians living in Uzbekistan moved to Turkey due to ethnic violence in the Fergana Valley. In 2004, a few thousand Meskhetians emigrated from Russia to the USA, where their number has grown to nearly 18,000 since then.

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Ulaanbaatar's tent slum 18
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
By David Tacon
05 Aug 2014

During winter, Ulaanbaatar, the world's coldest capital city, becomes one of the world's most polluted as the residents of Ger District burn coal and anything else they can get their hands on to survive temperatures that can sink below -40C.

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Ulaanbaatar's tent slum 19
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
By David Tacon
05 Aug 2014

A woman works on her garden, a bare patch of earth beside her home in Ulaanbaatar's Ger District.

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Ulaanbaatar's tent slum 20
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
By David Tacon
05 Aug 2014

A young boy fills up a water container As there is no running water in the city's northern slums, residents, and often children must carry water from water stations.

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Ulaanbaatar's tent slum 21
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
By David Tacon
05 Aug 2014

Young siblings sit on their family's car. Many people in this impoverished area have taken out loans for cars, televisions or bikes for their children and are struggling to repay the debt.

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If You Eat Garlic, You Will Get Full
Heraat, Afghanistan
By Transterra Editor
04 Oct 2013

This film features the miserable life of a group of children in the western city of the Heraat province of Afghanistan by showing their work on the streets of the city.

More importantly, it shows the ill behavior of the residents of the city toward these kids. The film shows how they are treated as outcasts in the society, with people not allowing them in the sports fields, shops, and so on.

The film is ten minutes long.
By: Sara Keawal

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Kazakh Dissident's Family Deportation...
Kazakhastan
By Serene Yordi
16 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva, wife of controversial Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, and her six-year-old daughter were rapidly deported back to Kazakhstan on May 31 after a night raid on their villa in Rome, Italy, despite the fact that they both had valid visas to stay in the European Union. The government of Kazakhstan accused her of possessing unlawfully obtained passports. Additionally, the unusually fast 72-hour deportation caused a furor of criticism against Italian authorities, as the fact that Shalabayeva could face persecution and even torture upon her return to the country from which she and her husband fled. Ablyazov is a former minister turned dissident in Kazakhstan who started an opposition movement in the country in 2001. He later headed up BTA Bank and continued to fund opposition groups. The bank was nationalized in 2009 and Ablyazov was accused of embezzling billions of dollars. He fled the country, fearing for his life, and obtained political asylum in Britain in 2011. But after he was tipped off by UK police that his life was in danger again, he went into hiding. Some critics say that the treatment of his wife and daughter by Italy were a favor to the oil-rich country of Kazakhstan.

Alma is now in Almaty, after her arrest in Italy and deportation. She does not leave her house and is protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and longs to leave the country and go back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France, and is waiting the decision of the French authorities. This reportage from the heart of Central Asia makes an in-depth enquiry of the true story of the dissident-banker, seen from the eyes of his wife and of the Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs.

To read article, click here: http://transterramedia.com/media/21395
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Kazakh Dissident's Family Deportation...
Astana, Kazakhstan
By BILO
06 Aug 2013

Interview with Erlan Idrissov, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Erlan Idrissov is a skilled diplomat. He served as Kazakh Ambassador in London and in Washington and now is the head of the Kazakh diplomatic service in Astana. In this exclusive interview he accuses Ablyazov of being a criminal and gives the official position of its government on the whole story.

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The Kazakhgate (6 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
06 Aug 2013

Erlan Idrissov Minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan in Astana. Erlan Idrissov is a skilled diplomat. He served as Kazakh Ambassador in London and in Washington and now is the head of the Kazakh diplomatic service in Astana. In an exclusive interview available with the picture he accuses Mukhtar Ablyazov, a controversila Kazakh oligarch, who claims to be a dissident, of being a criminal and gives the official position of its government on the whole story.

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The Kazakhgate (1 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva and her daughter Alua, 6 years old, in their house in Kazakhstan at Almaty. Alma is the wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a controversial Kazakh oligarch. Alma has been illegally deported from Italy to Kazakhstan together with Alua, the 6 year old daughter on May 31st. They are obliged to live in Almaty closed in her house, protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and longs to leave the country and go back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France on July 31st. This is one of the first pictures of Alma and her daughter after deportation.

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The Kazakhgate (2 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva and her daughter Alua, 6 years old, in their house in Kazakhstan at Almaty. Alma is the wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a controversial Kazakh oligarch. Alma has been illegally deported from Italy to Kazakhstan together with Alua, the 6 year old daughter on May 31st. They are obliged to live in Almaty closed in her house, protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and longs to leave the country and go back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France on July 31st. This is one of the first pictures of Alma and her daughter after deportation.

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The Kazakhgate (3 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva and her daughter Alua, 6 years old, in their house in Kazakhstan at Almaty. Alma is the wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov, a controversial Kazakh oligarch. Alma has been illegally deported from Italy to Kazakhstan together with Alua, the 6 year old daughter on May 31st. They are obliged to live in Almaty closed in her house, protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and longs to leave the country and go back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France on July 31st. This is one of the first pictures of Alma and her daughter after deportation.

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The Kazakhgate (4 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva her daughter Alua, 6 years old, in their house in Kazakhstan at Almaty. Alma is the wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov a controversial Kazakh oligarch, who claims to be a dissident illegitimately. Alma has been illegally deported from Italy to Kazakhstan together with Alua, the 6 year old daughter on May 31st. They are obliged to live in Almaty closed in her house, protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and cries for leaving the country and going back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France on July 31st. This is one of the first pictures of Alma and her daughter after deportation.

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The Kazakhgate (5 of 6)
Kazakhastan
By BILO
02 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva in his house in Kazakhstan at Almaty. The wife of Mukhtar Ablyazov a controversial Kazakh oligarch, who claims to be a dissident illegitimately. Alma has been illegally deported from Italy to Kazakhstan together with Alua, the 6 year old daughter on May 31st. They are obliged to live in Almaty closed in her house, protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and cries for leaving the country and going back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France on July 31st. This is one of the first pictures of Alma and her daughter after deportation.

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Kazakh Dissident's Family Deportation...
Almaty, Astana
By BILO
01 Aug 2013

Alma Shalabayeva, wife of controversial Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov, and her six-year-old daughter were rapidly deported back to Kazakhstan on May 31 after a night raid on their villa in Rome, Italy, despite the fact that they both had valid visas to stay in the European Union. The government of Kazakhstan accused her of possessing unlawfully obtained passports. Additionally, the unusually fast 72-hour deportation caused a furor of criticism against Italian authorities, as the fact that Shalabayeva could face persecution and even torture upon her return to the country from which she and her husband fled. Ablyazov is a former minister turned dissident in Kazakhstan who started an opposition movement in the country in 2001. He later headed up BTA Bank and continued to fund opposition groups. The bank was nationalized in 2009 and Ablyazov was accused of embezzling billions of dollars. He fled the country, fearing for his life, and obtained political asylum in Britain in 2011. But after he was tipped off by UK police that his life was in danger again, he went into hiding. Some critics say that the treatment of his wife and daughter by Italy were a favor to the oil-rich country of Kazakhstan.

Alma is now in Almaty, after her arrest in Italy and deportation. She does not leave her house and is protected by few relatives and controlled by the Kazakh security services. She defends her husband and longs to leave the country and go back to Europe. Mukthar Ablyazov has been arrested in France, and is waiting the decision of the French authorities. This reportage from the heart of Central Asia makes an in-depth enquiry of the true story of the dissident-banker, seen from the eyes of his wife and of the Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs.

To view photos, click here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1359

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DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION - Editor's Picks
Worldwide
By Editor's Picks
16 Jul 2013

TRANSTERRA is becoming more than just a marketplace where producers can showcase and sell their documentaries. We are a resource for archive footage, and a community that provides collaboration opportunities.

The documentaries shown here are part of TRANSTERRA's greater catalog of options. Full-length screenings are available for most, and you can access these by sending an e-mail request to [email protected].

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The Azerbaijan Army Today
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Mais Istanbuli
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918 and consists of the army, air force and air defense forces, and naval forces. The modern Azerbaijani army was established in 1993, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, on the basis that urban militias were associated with local self-defense groups.

In 1998, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan amounted to more than 72,000 people. The Army (55,600 men and officers) had 245 tanks, 335 armored combat vehicles, about 300 field artillery pieces, missile systems, mortars, and more than 60 air defense missile systems. Air Force and Air Defense Forces (10.4 million people) had 37 combat air-crafts, 15 combat helicopters, and 100 air defense missile systems. The navy (2.2 million people) had 39 combat ships and boats. In 2005, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had 95 thousand personnel, including the Army, Air Defense, and the Navy. By 2010, the size of the armed forces reduced to 66,940 personnel.

Since September 1999, the Azerbaijani military has been exercising peacekeeping in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The army's main international partners include Turkey, Ukraine, Pakistan, Israel, Slovenia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

In 1988, a war started between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Caucasus region, which was fueled by inter-communal conflict that took place the preceding year. By December 1988, most Armenians and Azerbaijanis were involved in the conflict, as it transformed from a local problem in Nagorno-Karabakh to an "open inter-ethnic confrontation", according to AN Yamskov.

Between 1991-1994, the conflict led to large-scale military action for control of Nagorno-Karabakh and some surrounding territories. On May 5, 1994, a ceasefire agreement, the Bishkek Protocol, was signed between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on one hand, and Azerbaijan, on the other hand.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (16 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The former Soviet Union use old-fashioned Army UAZ jeeps in the Azerbaijani army. These are best suited for off-road conditions in the desert. Many of the soldiers who know how to drive cars tend to become jeep commanders, benefiting from a lighter schedule of services in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (15 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the border conjoining them with the Armenian armed forces. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (14 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A telephone apparatus in the military field. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (13 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (12 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Young soldiers take their position in the military foothold. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (11 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Young graduate of Higher Military School, Lieutenant Anar Karimov, in line preparing for duty, beside his soldiers dressed in helmets and bulletproof vests in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (10 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A soldier resting on vacation before heading to battle or post in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (9 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (8 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The army takes its position in Karabakh, 200 meters away from the position of the Armenians in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (7 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The trench on the front lines of the military foothold in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (6 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A guard dog, of the breed "Caucasian Shepherd", named Basar. The dog smells the scent of saboteurs approaching the post and immediately starts barking, alarming the soldiers in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (5 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Soldiers gather to eat their rations together in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (4 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the front lines facing the Armenian armed forces in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (3 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (2 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front of the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (1 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijan army works to strengthen the minefields in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (20 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The battalion made up of young soldiers line up for training. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (19 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Many of the soldiers were born after the truce of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nevertheless, they are prepared in arms to defend the sovereign integrity of their country. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (18 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (17 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Soldiers dressed in proper uniform take their position in the military foothold. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.