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A testament to living in harmony with nature, this remarkable coming of age tale centres on the traditional nomadic way of life on the Mongolian steppe. Amra’s father is the lone voice in the community willing to stand up for justice in mining-affected communities. While global companies have been permitted to do exploration and surveying, the workers have already begun to tunnel deep into the temperate grasslands, without the community’s full consent. The land and rivers provide important nourishment for the goats, sheep, and people of the grassland, who depend on this sensitive ecosystem for their livelihood, which primarily consists of herding and cheese making. Watching YouTube clips with his friends, Amra longs to see the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and dreams of singing on the popular TV show, ‘Mongolia’s Got Talent.’ When Amra’s father dies in a sudden and tragic car accident, Amra is forced to abandon his childhood reverie and assume financial responsibility for his family. Suddenly he must grow up fast and submit to work he might not have chosen otherwise.
Oscar nominated director Byambasuren Davaa is best known for her gripping documentary work, The Story of the Weeping Camel, which has been translated into many languages and has won accolades at festivals around the world. Veins of the World is Davaa’s debut as a dramatic feature filmmaker.
Themes: perseverance, community consent, coming of age, tragedy, traditional song, modernization, traditional ways of living, child labour, greed, land rights, loss and grief
Advisory: The death of a parent is sudden and a child is put in danger in a mining accident.
Feature film recommended for age: 13+