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11:15, Thursday 28th June, Thaw

Director: Natasha Fijn (Australia)

Year: 2006

Run time: 60'

Location/Ethnic group: Mongolia/ Mongolian

Language: In Mongolian with English subtitles

Production/Distribution: pending

Hangai Herders

In the Hangai mountains of Mongolia, a mixture of sheep, goat, yak and horse herds graze in wide river valleys beneath forested slopes. Here, both people and domesticated animals live a tightly inter-woven existence, their lives inextricably linked from birth until death. This observational film features a young, hard-working herder, Saikhanaa, and his daily interaction and communication with individual herd animals. He trains and races horses in Naadam festivals, which exemplify the importance of the horse as a symbol of pride and prestige in Mongolia.