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In a province in the middle of the Mongolian steppe, 11-year-old Amra lives a traditional nomad life with his mother Zaya, father Erdene and little sister Altaa. While Zaya takes care of the flock, Erdene works as a mechanic and sells Zaya's homemade cheese at the local market. Their peaceful routine is threatened by the encroachment of international mining companies, digging for gold and devastating the natural habitat. Erdene is the leader of the last nomads opposing them, and tries to unite and convince his comrades not to accept the compensations the companies have offered. But after Amra's father dies in a tragic car accident, his mother wants to give up the nomad life and trade the steppe for the city. But Amra refuses and tries to carry on his father's David vs. Goliath fight with his cleverness and the tools of an 11-year-old boy.

Director Byambasuren Davaa (THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG, THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN) celebrates her fiction feature film debut with the drama VEINS OF THE WORLD, which she also scripted. She was already nominated for an Oscar® for Best Documentary 2005 for THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL, which sold to over 60 territories. This is her first collaboration with BASIS BERLIN FILMPRODUKTION, who were also proud to be nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar® in 2019 for their film OF FATHERS AND SONS.
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, Music
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Director Byambasuren Davaa
Screenplay Byambasuren Davaa, Jiska Rickels
Cinematography Talal Khoury
Cast Bat-Ireedui Batmunkh, Enerel Tumen, Algirchamin Baatarsuren, Purevdorj Uranchimeg
Producers Eva Kemme, Ansgar Frerich, Tobias N. Siebert
Co-Producers Nomin Chinbat, Bat-Erdene Gankhuyag
Production Company BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion, in co-production with Mongol TV
Runtime 97 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2020, Cleveland 2020, Zurich Film Festival 2020, Mill Valley Film Festival 2020, Seattle International Film Festival 2021
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Motion Picture Fund
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih

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