Children of Genghis

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    Children of Genghis

    Directed by

    Mongolia

    2017

    101 min

    • English
    • Mongolian

    Drama

    In Mongolia, where people often learn to ride before they can walk, horse racing is an important tradition passed down from generation to generation. Brothers Dorj (12 years old) and Byambaa (8) hope that their father will overcome his reluctance to teach them his renowned skill. However, when Bold, another successful racehorse trainer from the village, brags about his newest horse, the townspeople suggest that he recruit and train Dorj to be its rider for the upcoming cultural games. Upon hearing this, Byambaa decides to take matters into his own hands and teach himself to ride. In order to remain as light as possible, the children often ride without a saddle or shoes. As the town prepares for the games, an American woman arrives to distribute protective gear, a major break with Mongolian tradition. Filmed on location with actual brothers, Children of Genghis retains a documentary quality that is reflected in the honesty of the performances. This moving film of bravery and family provides an intimate look at Mongolian heritage and culture of the Naadam Festival, something rarely seen on the screen.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ankhnyam Ragchaa
    Batmend Baast
    Britanny Belt
    Screenplay
    Zolbayar Dorj
    Ganbold Buyantsogt
    Cinematography
    Angarag Davaasuren
    Editing
    Gantulga Urtnasan
    Music
    Ulziibayar Shatar
    Production
    MONGOL FILM GROUP
    Zolbayar Dorj

    Zolbayar Dorj

    Mongolia

    Zolbayar Dorj is a director, producer, cinematographer, and writer from Mongolia. His films include AMOUR (1996), ONE NIGHT (98), BALLAD OF CRAZY LOVE (2001), NO RIGHT TO DIE (2008), THREE MEANINGFUL HEADS (2011), LOVE CLUB (2016), and CHILDREN OF GENGHIS (2017), which had its Canadian premiere at TIFF Kids.