Tumbleweeds Films for Kids - a program of Utah Film Center


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In a province in the middle of the Mongolian steppe, 11-year old Amra lives a traditional nomad life with his mother Zaya, father Erdene, and little sister Altaa. While Zaya takes care of the flock, Erdene works as a mechanic and sells Zaya's homemade cheese at the local market. Their peaceful routine is threatened by the encroachment of international mining companies, digging for gold and devastating the natural habitat. Erdene is the leader of the last nomads opposing them, and tries to unite and convince his comrades not to accept the compensations the companies have offered. But after Amra's father dies in a tragic car accident, his mother wants to give up the nomad life and trade the steppe for the city. But Amra refuses and tries to carry on his father's David vs. Goliath fight with his cleverness and the tools of an 11-year-old boy.

Director Byambasuren Davaa (The Cave of the Yellow Dog, The Two Horses of Genghis Khan) celebrates her fiction feature film debut with the drama Veins of the World, which she also scripted. She was already nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary 2005 for The Story of the Weeping Camel, sold to over 60 territories. This is her first collaboration with BASIS BERLIN FILMPRODUKTION, who were also proud to be nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar 2019 for their film Of Fathers and Sons.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Mongolia, Germany
  • Rating
    Recommended for ages 8+
  • Director
    Byambasuren Davaa
  • Cast
    Bat-Ireedui Batmunkh, Purevdorj Uranchimeg, Algirchamin Baatarsuren, Enerel Tumen, Yalalt Namsrai