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Two Horses of Genghis Khan, The (Lied von den zwei Pferden, Das)

Two Horses of Genghis Khan, The
Scene from "The Two Horses of Genghis Khan" (photo © Kerstin Stelter)

A promise, an old, destroyed horse head violin and a song believed lost lead the singer Urna back to Outer Mongolia. Her grandmother was forced to destroy her once beloved violin in the tumult of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The ancient song of the Mongols, The Two Horses of Genghis Khan, was engraved on the violin’s neck. Only the violin’s neck and head survived the cultural storm. Now it is time to fulfill the promise that Urna made to her grandmother.

Upon arrival in Ulan Bator, Urna brings the still intact parts of the violin – head and neck – to Hicheengui, a renowned maker of horse head violins, who will build a new body for the old instrument in the coming weeks. Then, Urna leaves for the interior to look there for the song’s missing verses. But will she find what she is looking for...


Byambasuren Davaa was born in 1971 in Ulaanbaatar/Mongolia. From 1989 to 1994 she worked as a speaker and assistant director for Mongolia\'s Public TV. From 1995 to 1998 she attended the Film Academy in Ulaanbaatar, followed by studies at Munich’s University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in the documentary department. Her films include: One World, Two Economies (1993), Das orange Pferd (1999), Wunsch (2001), Unterwegs, Portrait of a Girl (2003), The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel, 2003) which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Documentary Feature, The Cave of the Yellow Dog (Die Hoehle des gelben Hundes, 2005), and The Two Horses of Genghis Khan (Die zwei Pferde des Dschingis Khan, 2009).
Genre Music, Drama, Road Movie
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2009
Director Byambasuren Davaa
Screenplay Byambasuren Davaa
Cinematography Martijn van Broekhuizen
Jana Musik
Ganpurev Dagvan
Cast Urna Chahar Tugchi
Producers Beatrix Wesle, Byambasuren Davaa
Production Companies Grasland Film/Munich, Atrix Films/Munich
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 Mongolian
Subtitled Versions English, German, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2009 (Piazza Grande), Pusan 2009, Warsaw 2009, Hof 2009, AFI FEST Los Angeles 2009, Camerimage Lodz 2009, Tallinn Black Nights 2009, Tromsoe 2010, Doc Point Helsiniki 2010, All Road/National Geographic Washington D.C. 2010, Cleveland 2010, Seattle 2010, Melbourne 2010, Mill Valley 2010
Awards Discovery Networks Award 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Polyband Film/Munich

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