Becoming a Kyrgyz Man — Discovery Channel's 'Boy to Man' in Kyrgyz Republic
Meet Tim Noonan, an award-winning filmmaker, television host and explorer. He has been seeking out the most extreme coming of age rituals on earth to try to unlock what it means to be the ultimate man, as it's said in the description of the 'Boy to Man' TV show trailer on his YouTube channel.
One of the episodes of the TV show was shot in Kyrgyz Republic. In this episode called 'The Horse Gladiators' Tim is trying to learn playing Kyrgyz polo or kok boru. Well, it's quite different from a polo game — horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat carcass in a goal. It can be fascinating and terrifying, says the description of the TV show, well, it is indeed. Tim doesn't just film it, he does whatever it takes to be a man in different worlds. And this time it's playing kok boru like Kyrgyz men.
Kok boru is a Central Asian sport, in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat carcass in a goal. A photograph documents kok boru players in Kyrgyz Republc around 1870. Starting 1958 kok boru began being held in hippodromes.
'Boy to Man episodes' are commissioned by the Travel Channel US and produced by Seven Productions, part of Australia’s leading multiple platform media company and most-watched broadcast television platform. The TV show was launched in April 2015. In 'Boy to Man', adventurer and filmmaker Tim Noonan embarks on a solo journey of self-discovery to worlds beyond his imagination to try and unlock the mysteries of what it means to be the ultimate man.