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Directed by Byambasuren Davaa, Germany/Mongolia, 2020, 96 minutes, Mongolian with English subtitles
The director of much-loved world cinema classics The Story of the Weeping Camel and The Cave of the Yellow Dog again transports us to the spectacular beauty of the Mongolian steppe, this time looking at the encroachment of modernity and its effect on nomadic lifestyles that have changed little in hundreds of years.
Following the sudden death of the leader of a campaign against mining companies who are destroying the habitat on which they depend, an eleven-year-old steps up to carry on his David vs Goliath fight. Meanwhile, the boy enters Mongolia’s Got Talent! It's an enchanting film that combines seriousness and fun to great effect.
“More than an ethnographic curiosity, the film, in its understated way, is an environmental cri de coeur” – Wendy Ide, Screen International
8 – 9/10 from Bracknell Film Society previewers – “Beautifully made, gorgeous to watch, with real heart and moving performances.”