To Kyrgyzstan with Shovels and Pickles!

It is truly a fantastic feeling when a company gets the opportunity to support and get involved in a unique and exciting project, like a crowd-funded film documentary with one of its own team members!

Nhung Nguyen, a user experience designer at Ripple Effect Group, is about to embark on a wonderful journey to a remote village in ex-soviet Kyrgystan.

To get Nhung and the rest of the documentary crew to Kyrgystan they need to raise just $1,670 more to reach their $12,000 target. With just 3 days of fundraising left, we thought we would do what we do best: share this story and ask for your help so this documentary adventure become a reality.

If you would like to be part of this journey you can pledge your donation at:

We also hope to share the stories and challenges along the way – so be sure to look out for our updates and tweets!

Here is some background:

Bored by the predictability of life in Australia, Polly Jankov, a 28-year old Sydney architect, heads to a remote town in Kyrgyzstan, to live with Babushka Masha and Dedushka Grisha, her charismatic but deeply traditional grandparents.

There Polly transforms into a true Russian peasant: harvesting cucumber and tomatoes to pickle, shovelling coal, training guard dogs and cleaning chimneys. Life in the village is simple, or at least it would be if Polly and her grandparents saw eye to eye on certain matters.

Babushka is irate that modern white goods last only 15 years. Dedushka talks often of the good old soviet days. Neither can understand why their granddaughter doesn’t eat meat. But most of all, why, at 28, isn’t Polly married? Dropping in on the scene are local friends and relatives, neighbours and a steady stream of young itinerant travellers from all over Europe, who Polly invites to stay in the family lodgings. The film will capture these people’s stories as well as unique customs of Kyrgyz village life, where bride kidnapping is still occasionally practiced, old women are hired to cry professionally at funerals, and donkeys are painted black and white to make up for the lack of zebras.

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