Meet the Stans

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Meet the Stans

In this series, journalist Simon Reeve travels to Central Asia to "meet the Stans" - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

His journey provides viewers with a unique insight into these countries' culture and politics.

In Kazakhstan, Reeve discovers a poorly secured former biological weapons factories with a hundred types of plague stored there. He also finds a shrinking sea that is now home to camel farmers, and the region's best Beatles tribute band.

Kyrgyzstan is the only country in the world with both an American and a Russian military base. While there, Reeve meets a member of a banned radical Islamic group, and he visits one of the world's most highly radioactive sites.

In Uzbekistan, the most repressive of the "Stans", Reeve finds himself followed by the secret police as he travels across the country.

Sharing an 800-mile border with Afghanistan, which provides 90% of Europe's heroin, Tajikistan is one of the world's biggest drug trafficking routes.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Luyang Han

    Very interesting docs. Really enjoying.

  2. Rohyp Gnosis

    This ranks as one of the most enjoyable, and informative, 'travel documentaries' that I've ever had the pleasure to watch!

  3. pwndecaf

    Had the first two comments not been so positive, I probably wouldn't have watched this. They were both right - really interesting, with an engaging presenter and guides for each "Stan" that were equally engaging.

    Top notch!

  4. Imightberiding

    Cheers from Canadistan!

    Well worth the watch even though this is a few years old. Simon Reeve is a very likeable journalist. I always enjoy the docs, films & projects he presents. You will likely recall him from TDF's most recent offering of his: Places That Don't Exist. It also was filmed a few years ago but well worth a look if you haven't seen it.

    If you enjoy this fellow, he has many other travel docs on the net that are equally worth searching for.

  5. WiseGapist

    Lenin hip-flasks being sold on a US led coalition base in Kyrgyzstan^^ - I can't decide whether that's depressing or hilarious.

    'Our president always says the global war on terrorism is not gonna be short term thing'.. Yes, he does always say that doesn't he... Do you ever think about WHY he says it? Evidently not.^

    Excellent doc.

  6. pwndecaf

    Thanks for that info - I will definitely watch that one, too.

  7. laalana

    Addressing rarely covered areas in the world, this documentary is really interesting! The presenter really seemed to have made an impressive effort to deliver the local perspectives.

  8. disqus_I7vUdp3z0R

    Anti-Soviet propaganda with a cute face. He may be a 'likeable presenter' but appears as nothing more than a mouthpiece. Why is it "creepy" to have the Kazakh President's poster in a remote village? It's obviously ok according to Simon, to have the Queen's image printed on British currency. A country is "hospitable" (Krgyztan) if it allows the superpowers to use it as a doormat, and others that stand their ground, aren't? But hey, he has a good laugh with the locals, when he's not complaining about the cold, or the 'terrorists'.

    His guides were sharp, onto it. Would have been good to hear more from them instead.

  9. Qumis

    Awesome documentary even if it's a decade old. I'm nearly finished a college course on the mongols and seeing how these lands turned out 800 years later is interesting.

    Funniest part was the dubbed Titanic by one man.

  10. Jane Tow

    46:50. Not cool

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