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The Film

Turkmenistan has some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves in the world — along with one of the worst records on human rights. Western companies long supported the country’s dictator, Saparmurat Niyazov (who called himself Turkmenbashi), through translating and praising the Ruhnama, his book of social and political propaganda and revisionist history. Shadow of the Holy Book explores how some companies use the Ruhnama to gain access to the country’s rich resources.

The Filmmakers

  1. Arto HalonenProducer/Director
  2. Kevin FrazierProducer