FACETS 37th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival


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Synopsis: Set in the vast Mongolian steppe, idealistic and gifted Amra is the son of a nomad herder who dreams of acclaim on the television show, “Mongolia’s Got Talent.” Singing folk hymns have been a long tradition for the nomads and for Amra’s family, in particular. Meanwhile, his father, Erdene, is the leader of a group of nomads defending their land from global mining corporations that strip the landscape bare in their search for gold. On the way home from the singing competition audition, Amra and his father get into an accident, killing Erdene. Though Amra is broken-hearted at his loss, he is also thrust into the position of breadwinner for his mother and younger sister. To compound the weight of his responsibility, Amra now does grueling mining work with bandit workers to earn ready cash. With household responsibilities thrust on him, Amra sidelines his own education, his singing dreams, and puts himself physically at risk, as well. Can Amra be honest with his mother, should he honor his father and their ancient ways? Can he be true to himself, his community or must he set these feelings aside? What is the cost of being a responsible steward of our environment at the personal level?

Content Advisory: This film contains Coarse Language and Mature Themes.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    Mongolian with English subtitles
  • Country
    Germany, Mongolia
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Byambasuren Davaa
  • Producer
    Basis Berlin