The Children of Genghis

Zolbayar Dorj/101 minutes/2017/Mongolia/Fiction

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Synopsis

The Mongolian people from long ago have had a tradition of three cultural games that have always been around during the time of festivities. Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery were among the three traditional games. This story will focus on the horse racing tradition. The town’s best horse race trainer, Bold, has many people gathered at his house for a special announcement. Bold begins to brag about his horses and skills and how no one in town is better than him. Bold begins to talk about his most prized horse, the brown steed that still has yet to find its rider. After hearing this, the townspeople recommend Dambii’s eldest son, Dorj, to be the rider. Dambii lives with his wife, Dolgor, and three sons: Dorj (12 years old), Byambaa (8 years old), and Nanzaa (4 years old) in the vast countryside in Mongolia. All of Dambii’s sons have a knack for the horse. When Bold recruites Dorj, Byambaa storms off for not being chosen.

Bangsa Mongol punya sebuah tradisi berupa tiga permainan budaya sebagai bagian dari perayaan, yakni, gulat, pacuan kuda, dan panahan. Film ini akan berfokus pada tradisi pacuan kuda. Pelatih kuda pacuan terbaik di kota, Bold, mengumpulkan warga di rumahnya untuk suatu pengumuman. Bold menyombongkan kuda-kuda dan kemampuannya, serta mengatakan bahwa tidak ada seorang pun di kota yang bisa menyainginya. Ada seekor kuda cokelat jawara yang belum berpenunggang. Warga menyarankan anak sulung Dambii yang bernama Dorj untuk menjadi penunggang kuda tersebut. Dambii tinggal bersama istrinya, Dolgor, dan ketiga anak laki-laki mereka: Dorj (12 tahun), Byambaa (8 tahun), dan Nanzaa (4 tahun) di pedesaan Mongolia. Semua anak laki-laki Dambii piawai menunggang kuda. Ketika Bold merekrut Dorj, Byambaa mengamuk karena tidak terpilih.

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Director

Zolbayar Dorj

Zolbayar Dorj

Director

Zolbayar Dorj was born on 15 July 1972 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. A director, producer, cinematographer, and writer, he debuted in 1996, directing the film Amour. In the following years, he worked as an editor, cinematographer, and director. He directed the films: One Night (1998), Ballad of Crazy Love (2001), I Wish My Mother’s Kiss (2002), Smell of Water (2005), No Right to Die (2008), Three Meaningful Heads (2011), Genghis Legend of the Ten (2012), Children of Genghis (2017).

 

Zolbayar Dorj lahir pada 15 Juli 1972 di Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ia bekerja sebagai sutradara, produser, sinematografer, dan penulis. Ia menyutradari debut filmnya pada tahun 1996 yang berjudul Amour. Di kemudian hari, ia bekerja sebagai editor, sinematografer, dan sutradara. Ia menyutradarai beberapa film seperti: One Night (1998), Ballad of Crazy Love (2001), I Wish My Mother’s Kiss (2002), Smell of Water (2005), No Right to Die (2008), Three Meaningful Heads (2011), Genghis Legend of the Ten (2012), Children of Genghis (2017).