My City: Bishkek

I have got very diverse relationships with places, each city or village either loves me or not, so do I. The idea of creating a photoblog named “My City”, with series of photographs of different cities occurred long ago. But finally it is coming to life.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to present the rubric “My City” and the first city is MY BISHKEK.

Brief introduction: Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan, post-soviet republic, located in Central Asia. Bishkek turned this year. It has rich history and full of life. You can find old buildings from the times before the revolution. You can find revolutionary and Soviet signs and signs of modernity.


April 27, 2011 1 comment

“Long Distance love” – a film about love and more

The Kyrgyz documentary film “Long Distance love” was filmed by Swedish team Magnus Gerttenom and Ellen Jonsson. The film is based on real events and was filmed over two years. Film premiere was held at the “private show” Kyrgyz Cultural Center.

The film narrates about the fate of Alisher Sultanov, a resident of Osh city (in Southern Kyrgyzstan), forced to go to Russia to earn money to feed his young family.

Alisher on the train to Moscow

The train to Moscow


March 23, 2011 4 comments

The film “Almaz” as a personification of Kyrgyzstan

Elnura Osmonalieva’s “Almaz” is the first full-length documentary filmed in Kyrgyzstan in the past fifteen years. Directed of “Almaz” by an alumnus of the American University of Central Asia, the film has already gained festival success and has been recognized for the depth and complexity of the topic.

Critics and sociologists believe this film is not just about one character, but about Kyrgyzstan as a whole. Cinema critic Gulbara Tolomusheva drew an interesting parallel between “Almaz” and our country: the same age, 19 years, the same background, and the same dramatic twists and turns. According to her, this film is a microcosm – a private story about the fate of an entire country.


March 9, 2011 Comments disabled

Different faces of Bishkek

Written by a group of journalism students from the University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek Journal shows various faces of Kyrgystan’s capital city.

Chinara, one of the blog authors, said “I was really interested in writing stories about my city, so that other people could read them and want to visit Bishkek. Such kind of features represent the city in the other scope than travel agencies do. They show the real life, concerns of people and the uniqueness of Kyrgyz culture“.

Articles all have some kind of historical focus, for example artistic representations of Kyrgyz myths and the Manas village, built to celebrate the 1000 anniversary of the Manas epic.

Also interesting is the gap between Bishkek’s older generation, who have lived through hard times, and its young people, who have many of the interests of young people in other countries – clothes, entertainment and having fun.

Read more:
More blogs from Central Asia on Blogs of the World
Twelve reasons to love Kyrgyzstan
Urban style challenge: Bishkek vs Vancouver

March 8, 2011 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Just Married Decorated Cars

Have you ever wondered how many countries include decorating their cars as a part of the wedding ritual? Do people do this in your country? Here is a photo of a car from Turkey by Liz at Pocketcultures and one from Kyrgyzstan from the Sons of Hedin website.

'Just Married' in Turkey by Liz at Pocketcultures


February 28, 2011 Comments disabled

Urban Style Challenge: Bishkek vs Vancouver

This is the first post of a new series called Urban Style Challenge. Every week, we will compare the fashion trends of two cities in a playful manner. Join me, Ana, on this fascinating journey around the world of street fashion and style that will put a smile on your face and get you ready to face the week ahead.

Our contributors Nargiza and Kelly kicked it off by writing about Bishkek City (Kyrgyzstan) and Vancouver (Canada), respectively.


February 8, 2011 5 comments