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?
Every year, crowds from around the world flock to the small Serbian town of Guca, for its famous, annual trumpet festival. The lively, upbeat music makes for a great summer event and gives less-known bands a chance to get noticed and make it big. But behind the fun and carefree festive atmosphere, few people see the gruelling demands placed on the musicians dedicated to their art.
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.
From a very young age girls in Mauritania are put on a strict diet. Its intention is to help them achieve a certain standard of beauty to ensure that they can find a good husband. The reality of this means force-feeding. Leblouh, as the tradition is called, may be fading away in the cities but it’s very much alive in rural areas. This variety of beauty though comes at a price, the diet can be very dangerous.
Harp seals are born right on the ice-fields of the White Sea. For many years the little pups had been hunted extensively for their snow-white furs. But the hunters have been eventually replaced by eco-tourists. We travel to the White Sea to meet the big eyed, fluffy little wonder of the North.
The Maasai tribe in Kenya proved a very welcoming host for professional traveller and photographer, Olga Michi. During her time in Africa, she stayed with them to learn about and photograph, their way of life. She later invited a few members of the tribe to go with her to snow-shrouded Moscow, a world they could never have imagined.