The Silk Road has been an artery of human culture and commerce for thousands of years. One filmmaker traveled the route and documented his journey.*
Ever since I first learned about the Silk Road as a kid, I’ve wanted to travel it. So far, I haven’t had the chance to do that, but filmmaker Nicolas Bori has. He edited footage from that trip into the video above.
The Silk Road famously connected Europe and the Middle East to Asia, bringing silk, spices, gems, and other goods thousands of miles over land to new markets. It evolved gradually and was not a single cohesive “road” — like, say, an American interstate — but rather a shifting collection of pathways where different cultures and peoples met to trade goods and ideas.
Bori’s film — which also serves as an ad for a company that takes people along the route — was shot over 120 days and covers thousands of miles between Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Istanbul. It’s fast-paced, but offers enough glimpses at both familiar and new sites to pique the old wanderlust.
*Since this post was originally published, the video has been removed from Vimeo. However, it is still available to view on the filmmaker’s website here.
— Jim Dalrymple II
H/t Outside Magazine