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At a time of globalization and reclining traditions, Sainkho is an attempt to investigate the ways artists deal with the phenomenon of missing links. Sainkho Namchylak is an exceptional singer and musician from the far deserts of the Tuva, a small country on the border to Mongolia. She has created an outstanding style that combines musical traditions of her nomad past with influences of the present in a world of drum 'n bass, hip hop and jazz.

London, Rome, Berlin, Vienna and the breathtaking landscapes of the Tuva are the backdrop for a journey that explores the source of Sainkho's inspiration and talent. Sainkho Namchylak is an icon of a generation that bridges the gap between the modern and the traditional.

Erica von Moeller was born in Wiesbaden in 1968. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Mainz, she went on to study Film at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. A winner of numerous awards, her films include: mariemarie (short, 1999), Nora and Anna (1999), One Summer (short, 2002), Sainkho (documentary, 2002), For the Moment (short, 2004), Bittersweet Breath (2005), and Living with Hannah (Leben mit Hannah, 2006).
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2000
Director Erica von Moeller
Screenplay Erica von Moeller
Cinematography Daria Moheb Zandi
Gesa Marten
Cast Sainkho Namchylak
Producer Titus Kreyenberg
Production Company Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with WDR, in association with 3sat/Cologne, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Length 80 min
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2002
With backing from Filmbuero NW
German Distributor Colonia Media Filmproduktion/Cologne

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