The Art of Falling Apart
2019, 60 min, Documentary
In the mountains of northern Mongolia live several dozen nomads who
escaped from the Soviet Union in the 1940s. They continue to live in
isolation according to ancient customs, despite the recent modernization
of Mongolia. It seems that time has stood still here for hundreds of
years, and every generation repeats the life of their ancestors.
However, historical events persistently penetrate their dreams and myths
— for nomads, all of their current diseases and ailments are the result
of demons spawned by communism, collectivization, and Soviet
repressions. In order to keep them under control, they must turn to
shamans and abide by countless taboos.
The movie follows two families of shamans who lead a leisurely,
dreamlike life; caring for reindeer and contemplating nature. It seems
that there is no border between man and nature: grass grows on the floor
of their dwellings, a river spills out and in a few minutes floods
their yurt, the shaman dances a long dance in a trance, speaking in the
voices of animals and birds.
- DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Republic of Korea, 2019, World Premiere