You get older faster in the Wakhan Corridor. The harshness of life—the wind, the constant work of farming and herding, the below-freezing temperatures 340 days out of the year—is etched onto the faces of the native Wakhi and the nomadic Kyrgyz, the Muslim peoples who have lived for generations in this remote pocket of land jutting out of northeastern Afghanistan. Deep in some of Central Asia’s highest mountain ranges, the narrow 200 miles of the Wakhan Corridor are bordered by Tajikistan, China, and Pakistan, as well as mainland Afghanistan, which is so far removed from daily life in the Wakhan that it is often referred to as a foreign country. In the local dialect, the region is called Bam-e Dunya, the roof of the world. And from the moment French photographer Frédéric Lagrange heard of the place, all he could think of was how to reach it.
“There’s nothing that protects you in the Wakhan,” says Lagrange. “There’s a fragility you feel because the elements get to you directly. It’s an incredibly challenging place.”
Frédéric Lagrange shot the stunning short film, “Lost on the Roof of the World”, during his trip to the Wakhan Corridor region of Afghanistan. Watch a clip below.
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