The Kalasha and the Crescent: Credits
Kalash cultre


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Original Title: The Kalasha and the Crescent

Languages of the original work: Urdu and English

Subtitles: English

Country of Production: Pakistan/United States

Dates of Production: May-June 2013

Original Format: HD 1080p23.98

Running Time: 12 min, 25 seconds

Number of Tapes/Discs: 1

Black and White or Color: Color

Screen Format: 16: 9; DVD: SD 480p23.98

Quicktime file: HD 1080p23.98

Sound: Stereo

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Pakistan, Kalash people, indigenous culture, music, dance, art, craft, tradition, identity, religion, archeology, ethnography


Rumored to be the descendants of Alexander the Great, the Kalash people have in fact inhabited northern Pakistan’s Chitral Valley since long before the legendary conqueror came to the region. They uphold a rich cultural heritage, with polytheistic beliefs, seasonal festivals, and a variety of other traditions that are at odds with Pakistan’s dominant Islam. Today, even as the majestic peaks of the Hindu Kush Mountains shield the Kalasha from the region’s worst violence, their culture faces a variety of pressures: poverty, tourism, and Islamism are all contributing to the erosion of Kalash identity. Still, a dedicated group of Kalash advocates are fighting to keep their culture alive.

In May 2013, director Iara Lee traveled to the Chitral Valley to document the Kalash spring festival, Joshi. The Kalasha and the Crescent uses the festival as an entry point into this vibrant community and the tough questions facing it. What does conversion to Islam—whether forced or spontaneous—mean for Kalash identity? Can Kalash traditions withstand the challenges brought by globalization, on the one hand, and by religious tensions on the other? Join members of the Kalash community and observers from around the world as they reckon with these questions.


Director, Producer: Iara Lee, Caipirinha Productions

Co-Producer: Shah Zaman Baloch


Director of Photography: Shah Zaman Baloch

2nd Camera: Iara Lee

Editing Supervisor: Armughan Hassan

Editor: Imran Mushtaq

Post-Production Facility: The Crew Films

Sound: Ibrar Butt

Sayed Gul
Akram Hussain
Hill-Aina Steffenach
Julie Lams
Luke Rehmat
Jalil Ahmed
Aakif Khan
Abdul Wahab

Music: Qais Essar
“Bamiyan Sky”

Rabab Musicians
Qais Essar
Sher Afzal

Production Coordinator: Claude Ibrahimoff

Post-Production Coordinator: Jeff Marcello

Production Assistant: Susi Collins

Research: Annα Preslαr

Communications Assistant: Eda Pepi

Outreach Assistant: Colin Kinniburgh

Logistics: Wendy Chu

Suhaee Abro
Ata Khan
Maleeha Sami

Magdalena Kodura
Louise Thompson
Naila Kiani

Special Thanks
National Geographic Explorer Programs
Cheryl Zook
Anastasia Cronin
Lisa Rosselli
Terry Garcia
Obaid Ur Rehman Abbasi
Ehsan Ullah Beg
Ishfaq Sagar
Mark Engler
And many more…


Caipirinha Productions Inc.
39 Mesa Street #300
Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129 USA
Tel: +1 415 561 3100 – Fax: +1 415 561 3111


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