Kok Boru is an ancient sport played with a dead goat. Similar to hockey or polo, two teams on horseback compete for control of its body and are rewarded for scoring goals at either end of a large field. While other games have evolved into sanitised modern versions, this ancient nomadic tradition is still thriving in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan.
They are often called Europe’s last barbarians. Photographic and video images recording their centuries-old activities have shocked people. Despite the international controversy that surrounds their traditional and bloody slaughter of pilot whales, the Faroese claim they have the right to continue doing it. But why?
The Mars One mission is a one-way ticket to the Red Planet. It’s scheduled for 2023, when the first group of 4 men and women will land on Mars to prepare it for human colonisation. Anastasia has made it to this daring project’s short-list. What draws her towards the fourth planet from the Sun and away from Earth?
As international interest in the Arctic grows, Russia is resuming development of Franz Josef Land, its polar territory situated only 900 km from the North Pole. RT Doc takes a look at the lives of the people laying the foundations for a new town here, while living next door to a group of curious polar bears.
“La Sape” is a unique movement based in Congo that unites fashion-conscious men who are ready to splurge money they don’t really have on designer clothes. Dressing in stark contrast with their surroundings, these elegant ambiance-makers become true local celebrities… but this fame comes at a price.
Tiny Migingo is one of the most densely populated islands in the world. In the middle of Lake Victoria, it’s home to Ugandan and Kenyan fishermen and their families. RT Doc’s Peter Scott paid a visit to find out how more than a thousand people live on a rock half the size of a football pitch.
On the shores of Lake Turkana lives the smallest of Kenya’s tribes – the El Molo. Skilled fishermen and hunters, they preserve their traditional, simple way of life. For centuries, this self-sufficient society lived in total isolation, but their shrinking numbers eventually forced them to allow marriages with members of neighbouring tribes.
The Dogon, an isolated tribe in West Africa, still maintain their ancient and unique belief system. They have no written language: their myths and legends have been passed down through the generations by oral tradition. For centuries, they insisted their ancestors came to Earth from a faraway star, but it was only in 1862 that scientists discovered Sirius B, the star the Dogon people call home.
The Dogon people, who call themselves “the children of the pale fox”, live on Mali's Bandiagara plateau, a UNESCO world heritage site. Their tribe was discovered by accident only in 1930. Centuries of isolation from the outside world have allowed them to preserve their unique rituals, lifestyle, and social order.
The famous salt caravan makes its way from Djibouti to Ethiopia through the hottest place in the world: the Danakil Desert in East Africa. This journey goes back to biblical times, as the salt trade has always played an important role in the economy of the region. The salt itself is mined at Lake Asal, a body of water that boasts higher salinity than the Dead Sea.
A prominent politician turns traveller: in this new film cycle, Sergey Yastrzhembsky strays off the beaten path to explore traditional ways of life in tribes and small societies across Africa, Europe and South America. Join him as he discovers fascinating myths and legends, ancient traditions, and unique lifestyles of people in faraway lands. On this occasion, he visits the Republic of Djibouti and finds out about the surprising connections that link this Red Sea port with Russia.