This film allows the viewer to experience an oppressed communist country, declining in population, still enjoying traditional celebrations.
This is the second DVD on Mongolia in the Disappearing World series of documentaries showing how groups of peoples around the world are engaging with the ever-intrusive modern civilization. Towns, villages and communities are slowly being engulfed by the 21st century technology. It is exciting and interesting to see the cultures and traditions from ages past before they are gone forever.
Mongolia is a large country that is bordered on the north by Russia and the south by China putting it in a unique position. Despite its size, in the 1970’s, the population was only 1.5 million. This is the first documentary expedition from the West that has been allowed into this country.
Because of its position in Western Europe, this land has always been remote and completely inaccessible. This film displays two annual celebrations in Mongolia; the 56th Anniversary celebration of the socialist revolution taking place in the capital city of Ulan Bator and a traditional celebration called Tsagaan Sar, which is filmed in a shepherds’ camp. These authentic celebrations will show your family with excellent photography how people on the other side of the world celebrate their special holidays.
The anniversary celebration is filled with festivals, archery and wrestling contests, parades and a spectacular horse race featuring 7-12 year old jockeys. The filming in the shepherd’s camp is a traditional lunar New Year Festival or the Herdsman’s Festival. It is so exciting to watch these enhanced DVD’s and see how people on the other side of the world, in a communist country, celebrate and have fun.
- ISBN: 978-1-62290-548-5
- Run Time: 53 Minutes
- Copyright Date: 1975