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Hitchhike The Wind

Genre:
Documentary
Duration:
87 min.
Country:
Kazakhstan
Language:
German/ Kazakh
Year:
2010
Synopsis

All adventures start with a wild idea. This story follows the journey of five young Austrians on their attempt to travel through the step of Kazakhstan with a self-built sailing car for about 500 kilometres in order to reach the Aral Sea. Formerly the fourth largest lake in the world with an area of 68,000 km2, the Aral Sea began shrinking in the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 1997, it had declined to 10% of its original size. Therefore a lot of old ships are stranded in desert land where the Aral Sea used to be. The goal of the five adventurers is to find these old ships with their wind-powered vehicle whilst exploring the history of the country. However, very soon the story becomes a matter of surviving one failure after another. A moving, realistic story of the unusual kind.

Crew:

CONCEPT & IDEA
Nikolai Friedrich
Michale Friedrich
Miriam Friedrich

CINEMATOGRAPHERS
Jan Zischka
Nina Rath

EDITORS
Jan Zischka
Nina Rath

COLOUR CORRECTION /VFX
Benjamin Hohnheiser

SOUND MASTERING
Sebastian Frisch

MUSIC
Mario Dancsó

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Jakob Ellmaier

Funded by:

State of Burgenland
State of Salzburg
State of Styria
City of Graz
LaStrada Graz
YES Local Supplier
Nova
Flight School Styria
University of Applied Sciences Joanneum
University of Applied Sciences Salzburg
Rath Betriebs-GmbH

Screenings at:

UCI Cinema Graz
Maxoom Cinema Hartberg
LaStrada Graz
London International Documentary Filmfestival

Impressions of the preparation in Austria

Photo Credits: © Mag. Florian Divitschek

Impressions of the journey through Kazakhstan
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Photo Credits: © Jan Zischka

The outdoor screening of „Hitchhike the wind“ at Augarten Graz was realized as a coproduction of the project team, LaStrada Graz and IN SITU.

Photo Credits: © LaStrada Graz

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