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Ru Owen

Musician and video journalist Ru Owen left London three years ago due to a case of extreme boredom and hasn't been back since. Living in Kabul, Afghanistan amongst a small, but dedicated group of rockers, filmmakers, photographers and drifters, she joined White City in 2009 and has since led them all over Central Asia, including playing and filming Afghanistan's first rock festival in 2011. She's currently working freelance, making short news features and promos, while developing Big In The Stans as a full-length documentary.

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“Boss! Boss! You are shitting with money!”

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Golden-toothed women poured onto the train, selling beer and bread.

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Travka tried to bribe the hotel workers to let us party all night but it didn’t work.

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We headed off to the picturesque Kapchagai Lake for a bikers’ festival.

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As well as strippers, karaoke is incredibly popular here.

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Kyrgyz cuisine is not for the vegetarian or faint-hearted.

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It wasn’t just the rugged peaks, but the aircraft itself.

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We travelled with Rustam, the ‘Tajik Michael Jackson.’

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You might notice I’m on crutches.

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Compared to Afghanistan, it was a culture shock.

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