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In the frozen steppes of the Altay, a Franco-Mongolian archeological expedition prepares to excavate the tomb of an Eastern Scythian warrior, 2 300 years old. Their ritual practice of deep burial of the dead, in combination with extreme climatic conditions, may mean that these scientists will discover the last frozen tombs on the planet, and will advance our understanding of this unknown branch of Scythian civilization. But time is of the essence. Global warming is threatening to eliminate the last traces of this Europoid pioneer, who came with his clan to conquer new territories in Mongolia. Alongside the excavations, a family of Kazakh nomads have set up their summer camp, attracted by the unusual activity. Striking similarities appear between the lifestyles and practices of these Kazakhs and the Eastern Scythians, two millennia apart in time. Intertwined with the archeological research is thus a fascinating ethno-archeological study, of one of the last peoples still isolated from modernity, and their possible very ancient ancestors. But for the Kazakhs too, the question arises - how long will they survive in their isolation?

Cédric Robion See his other films
Produced by : Blanche Guichou
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE

Genre : documentary
Duration : 52 minutes
Year of production : 2013

TV Diffusion : 09/07/2015 sur ARTE

Awards :
Festival International du Film Archéologique de Bidasoa : Grand Prix, 2014.

Festival selections :
Festival International du Film de Montagne d'Autrans, 2013.
Torelló Mountain and Adventure Film Fest, Espagne, 2014.
International Festival of Archaeological Film, Rovereto, Italie, 2014.
Festival du Documentaire, Thessalonique, Grèce, 2014.

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