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“Cathedral of Stone” is a captivating documentary that delves into the Bukharan markhor hunt in Tajikistan, shedding light on the intricate balance between conservation efforts and sustainable hunting practices. Against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes, the film follows dedicated conservationists and hunters as they work tirelessly to protect the markhor population while also supporting local communities. Through interviews with experts and firsthand accounts from hunters, the film showcases how regulated hunting plays a crucial role in markhor conservation, generating income for communities and ensuring the survival of this majestic species. Viewers are taken on a journey through rugged terrain as hunters navigate challenging conditions to track down the elusive markhor. Narrated by those intimately involved in the conservation efforts, “Cathedral of Stone” highlights the success story of the markhor’s resurgence from near extinction to thriving populations. It emphasizes the importance of community-based conservation programs and sustainable land management practices in preserving wildlife and maintaining the delicate balance between human livelihoods and the natural environment. With stunning cinematography and heartfelt narratives, “Cathedral of Stone” offers a compelling look into the intricate web of conservation, hunting, and community empowerment in Tajikistan.

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