Based on the true-life events of political refugee, Geldy Kyarizov, and his wife Yulia, THE MINISTER OF HORSES tells the gut-wrenching true story of the persecution and incarceration of a national hero.

Rescuing an esteemed bloodline from almost certain extinction, Kyarizov exercised great influence across Central Asia as the most prominent ambassador of a centuries-old cultural connection with the Akhal-Teke horse breed.

With his political office established, and rising to international prominence thereafter, Geldy met the ire of one of the world's most reviled dictators, President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan, and was wrenched from his family, summarily arrested on fabricated charges and imprisoned for six years.

A living hell ensued as Geldy was subjected to torture and starvation at the infamous Ovadan Depe prison in the barren Garagum Desert. His only salvation came in the form of his young wife. Unwilling to accept an unjust fate handed out by one of the most dangerous dictators on Earth, her tireless dedication for justice set into motion a story of prolonged physical and mental intimidation and an unwavering quest for freedom.

Filming in Prague, Czech Republic. (l-r) Kate Watters, Yulia and Geldy, MW

Filming in Prague, Czech Republic. (l-r) Kate Watters, Yulia and Geldy, MW

"I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is a story that will remain with you for a very, very long time."

- Mark Warford