Revive history: Kazakhstan

We are happy to introduce an updated version of the 90-sec promo video and 10-min documentary “Kazakhstan by Thomas and Lucy Atkinson in the 19th Century”. Also, we invite you behind the scenes where you can join us on our filming expedition in Kazakhstan.

This incredible story started in 1846 when British Architect Thomas Witham Atkinson decided to set off for a journey to Kazakhstan. He was one of the first European explorers to travel this far to the East of the vast Russian Empire. To do that he had to ask Russian Emperor directly to grant him special permission and issue him a passport. His contemporaries highly appreciated the discoveries made during this long journey. Two books about Kazakhstan published by Tomas Atkinson received a warm welcome from the western scientist and were very successful among the general public. Thomas Atkinson became a member of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Geological Society.

One hundred seventy years later, descendants of Thomas and Lucy repeated their journey and came to Kazakhstan from as far as Hawaii, New Zealand, and the UK. Kazakhstan today is one of the most advanced countries in Central Asia. Its capital city built almost from scratch some 20 years ago is a fascinating mixture of Nomadic traditions and very modern architecture. Self-contained and eco-friendly buildings erected in the middle of what previously was vast and hardly habitable steppe make a clear statement. Kazakhstan is prepared to challenge the limits of what’s possible. Kazakhstan is blessed with rich natural recourses, but neither country nor its people are willing to stop there. As real nomads, they want to explore and embrace the world around them.

Kazakhstan by Thomas and Lucy Atkinson

We spent two months in Kazakhstan in 2016, filming this project. Our next film is about the film. Welcome behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes

While in Kazakhstan, we had an excellent opportunity to meet descendants of Thomas and Lucy Atkinson during their visit to the country in July 2016. As a result of our conversations, we produced 10 min documentary.


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