​Voices from the Roof of the World

Nature and people living in the world’s highest mountains from the Himalayas to the Tian Shan need a voice for the ongoing climate crisis that they are facing. 

Voices from the Roof of the World, a joint initiative by the Aga Khan University, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Aga Khan Foundation and University of Central Asia, is producing ground-breaking environmental films and build momentum for change before it is too late. 

The episodes are produced by filmmakers from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and India.

​Episode 1: Bears on the Brink​

The impact of climate change and drought on the endangered Himalayan brow​n bears and golden marmots found in the Deosai National Park in Gilgit Baltistan, impact on local communities in the buffer zone and human-wildlife conflict and eco-tourism. 

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach
Episode Director: Abdullah Khan

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Episode 3: The Flying Horse 

How are Kyrgyz herders coping with the im​pacts of climate change on their high mountain pastures? Can they preserve their traditional lifestyle and the Kyrgyz horse?​ 

​Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​ 
Episode Director: Aibek Balymbetov 

Episode 5: Vanishing Wetlands 

The Indus River, Pakistan’s lifeline, has been crippled by dams and pollution. Yet another major threat looms: what will happen if already melting glaciers that provide up to 80% of the river’s water shrink further?​ 

​Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​ 
Episode Director: Abdullah Khan 

Episode 7: A Forest in Peril​

Follow a Karachi architect on a mission to save the mangrove forest ecosystem on Bundal Island, an oasis of life and natural protection in the Indus delta off the coast of Pakistan’s megacity.​

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​
Episode Director: Tariq Alexander Qaiser​​

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Episode 9: No Water, No Village

Low snowfall and receding glaciers threaten livelihoods in the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar in Ladakh. Meet the scientists and activists working for local solutions​.​

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​
Episode Director: Mu​nmun Dhalaria​

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Episode 2: The World has Changed

As temperatures increase, glaciers at some of the highest mountain ranges of the world are melting rapidly. Can communities in the Pamirs of Tajikistan survive these climate changes?​

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​
Episode Director: Sayohat Khalilova

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Episode 4: The Sky is Far, The Earth is Tough

How are climate change and natural disasters affecting northern Pakistan? What’s the impact on the health and mental well-being of mountain communities?

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach
Episode Director: Haya Fatima Iqbal

Episode 6: Collision Course​ 

​Climate scientists project that extreme heatwaves are up to seven times more likely to occur between now and 2050. Meet families that h​ave to cope with deadly heatwaves and water scarcity in Karachi and those working for solutions.

​Series Producer: Andrew Tkach​ 
Episode Director: Cyrus Viccaji

​Episode 8: #BishkekSmog​

Air pollution levels in Bishkek are among the worst in the world. Now young activists are demanding improved public transport and higher environmental standards. 

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach
Episode Director: Iskender Aliev & Bermet Borubaeva​​

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​Episode 10: The Colour of Smog​

Lahore, the city of gardens, often has the world’s most polluted air. Local artist Irfan Dahri is raising awareness through his art.

Series Producer: Andrew Tkach
Episode Director: Jawad Sharif​​

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