Kyrgyzstan is a country 90% covered by mountains where four out of five people face unemployment during the winter months. The Faction Collective travelled to Kyrgyzstan on a mission.
Since partnering with Gear4guides, a nonprofit working to empower locals in emerging winter sports destination in order to build sustainable winter tourism, Faction has collected over half a ton of ski gear donated by fans and partners around the world.
Faction athletes Arnaud Rougier and Laurent Gauthier traveled with Gear4guides to Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan to distribute donations and teach locals skiing and mountain skills and safety. The team then went onto explore the surrounding Tien Shan mountains, staying in yurts and discovering the amazing untouched backcountry.
Editing & Cinematography: Etienne Merel
Producer: The Faction Collective
Color Grading: Maxime Moulin
Soundtrack: Junhak Lee - Ethnic Life, Brightside Studio - Bollywood Entrance, Max LL - Mandalay
Special thanks to Olaf Sueters from Gear4guides and 40Tribes Backcountry.
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