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8 Emmy Awards Winner to Screen Documentary Films at UCA

Published: 29 January 2020 г.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce an upcoming film screening and talk in Bishkek, presenting two environmental documentaries - On Thin Ice and Giving Nature a Voice. The films were directed by Andrew Tkach, 8 Emmy Awards Winner, who will deliver a lecture, and lead a Q&A session following the screening. He is visiting UCA on a Fulbright grant.

The event will be held on February 4th 2020 at UCA's Administration Office in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). Filmmakers, cinema students, environmental and climate change activists, broadcasters and TV stations are welcome to attend.


Andrew Tkach is the Director of Messy Moment Media, and was formerly the Director of Environmental Reporting at the Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications. He has over 25 years of experience producing documentaries and TV magazine reports, in some of the world’s most difficult places, and has won 8 News and Documentary Emmys for his work. Prior to forming his own company, Messy Moment Media, Tkach was the principal long form producer of Christiane Amanpour – CNN’s Chief International Correspondent. They collaborated on a string of award-winning CNN documentaries, and over 30 TV magazine reports for 60 Minutes. He also produced a one-hour documentary for National Geographic called “The World’s Most Dangerous Gang” on MS-13. His documentary on modern day slavery produced for ABC News documentary show Turning Point won a Dupont Silver Baton. He has taught broadcast journalism at the University of Indonesia, and in Paris at the Sciences Po Journalism School. He earned his MS in journalism from Columbia University.

About the Films
The first feature length documentary, On Thin Ice, depicts indigenous hunters in one of the world’s northernmost settlements, Qaanaaq Greenland. The hunters are trying to keep their dog sledding tradition alive, while their world literally melts under their feet due to climate change. The programme was produced with Ann Curry for NBC and is a Webby Honoree.

The second film, Giving Nature a Voice, covers climate change, deforestation, the imminent extinction of our entire species, and the resulting loss of biodiversity and the social conflicts that prow out of these crises. It is a weekly show on Kenya’s NTV that started as a successful educational programme of the Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications. The aim is to train and fund East African filmmakers to produce environmental stories they feel passionate about. Water to Dust, the first of 13 shows beginning in February 2017, was selected as the best East African documentary in Rwanda’s Mashariki Film Festival.

Location: University of Central Asia Administration Office
138 Toktogul Street
2nd Floor Seminar Room
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Language­­­: The event and lecture will be delivered in English.

Registration: Seating is limited, so please confirm your participation by e-mail:

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.