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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A changing way of life

This documentary was so beautiful, I had to post it. It's in French, but the photography and scenery are so gorgeous, it's not necessary to understand French to enjoy it. "Rendez vous en terre inconnue", starring actor Bruno Solo who's visiting a nomadic family. In the end, the narrator wonders whether in 10 years, there still be nomads in Mongolia and whether the younger members of the family will resist the temptations of a consumerist society and stay in the country leading a nomadic way of life.

Here are some movies that show the culture and a changing society (if you're into movies with explosions and action, they're not for you):

The Story of a Weeping camel by Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni (2003), my favorite

The Cave of the yellow dog by Byambasuren Davaa (2005) Both films have wonderful music

Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

State of Dogs by Peter Brosens and Turmunkh Dorjkhand (1998) A film about reincarnation with harsh images of UB

Perpetuum mobile by Sakhya Byamba (2002) A quiet and minimalist film

Molom, conte de Mongolie by Marie Jaoul de Poncheville (1997)
This one is a beautiful gem of a film


Rowan Hartsuiker said...

I do small research on cinema from Mongolia. Not all directed by Mongol directors, but cinema which focus on Mongolian culture, traditions, country, music, etc.

I have collected this list already:

Have you seen Molom, Conte de Mongolie wih English subtitles? Where? Also where did you find Perpetuum Mobile by Sakhya Byamba?

Thank you,

jngl said...

That's a nice list. I haven't seen it but there is also Mujaan
Jaoul's Yonden and some others I can't remember
I saw both movies during a Mongolian movie week in Paris. Very rare movies, huh? I tried to find them but no such luck

Chris said...

Sain Baino,

"Urga" was the first movie I saw that dealt in Mongolia

It is set with an optimistic spirit and entertaining sense of humor.

Enjoy it.


Chris from California

jngl said...

Yes, an excellent movie about a nomadic family in Inner Mongolia.