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Two Poets and a River

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  • Thu 8 Sep
  • 75 minutes
  • Director: Richard K Wolf
  • USA (2021)


Two Poets and a River explores themes of love and loss through the lives and musical poetry of the two most prominent and innovative Wakhi musicians in Central and South Asia: Qurbonsho in Tajikistan and Daulatsho in Afghanistan.

These two poet-singers share a common language, faith, and family network and yet remain separated by a border established in the Great Game, the struggle for strategic control of the roof of the world. The Wakhan homeland became a buffer zone between Czarist Russia and the British Empire in the 19th century and the river Oxus, running right through the middle of Wakhan, became the border. Little has changed. The border posts may no longer be manned by imperial troops but the barbed wire remains and the gates are rusted shut.

Made over seven years with the editorial collaboration of both Qurbonsho and Daulatsho, who provide the narration, the film is framed by wonderful photography of one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in the world.

Martello Award 2022