Oxus Films was created out of a passion for sharing ideas across cultural boundaries, making what may initially appear foreign a bit more familiar. Through wonderful human stories we may recognize that the seemingly different people in the films are just ourselves, but in different circumstances. Oxus Films produces independent films but also offers writing, filming, editing and photography services for projects with partners in government, NGO and commercial sectors.
It's remarkable that despite its rich history, stunning landscapes and beautiful peoples, very little is known about Central Asia outside the region. That's a pity, because it is layered with so many cultural and historical layers: from Genghis Khan, to the brilliance contributions of cities such as Samarkand and Bukhara, to the Soviet Empire, and now their independence and own paths. Called the Silk Road, the region is the in-between between the East and West, capturing a rich tapestry of both worlds.
"Oxus Apertura Films" essentially means "a window into the lands of the ancient Oxus River. The Oxus is also known as the Pyanj River or the Amu Darya on more recent maps.
We love Central Asia. We have produced four documentary films in the region: Herders' Calling (2004) in the Kyrgyz Republic; Falak, Song of the Soul (2005) in Tajikistan; The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan (2008) in Afghanistan; and Buzkashi! (2012) in Tajikistan. And we have plans for many more in the future. It's just that kind of compelling place.