52 minutes | 2020 | Mongolia | Documentary
Mongolian | sub. English | 13+
XXI 5 | WED 30 NOV | 20:30
XXI 5 | FRI 2 DEC | 18:30
What causes the descendants of invincible horseback warriors of Mongolia to end their lives? Suicide survivors and family members of those who have taken their lives relate their circumstances. Many don’t wish to be identifiable in the film: suicide is a taboo. The stories come from different parts of the country, but everywhere the reasons given for suicide are similar: hopelessness, loneliness, harshness of life and lack of choices. In public, people blame the corrupt government, robbing people of opportunities. The living conditions of a couple that survives due to digging for scrap metal symbolizes the state of the nation. It’s an existence far removed from the freedoms of traditional nomadic life.
Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2020
IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documenta