Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, a young nomad confronted with his destiny after animals fall victim to a plague which threatens to eradicate nomadism.

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Cast overview:
Batzul Khayankhyarvaa ...
Tsetsegee Byamba ...
Banzar Damchaa ...
Tserendarizav Dashnyam ...
Dugarsuren Dagvadorj ...
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Uuriintuya Enkhtaivan ...
Naraa
Otgontogos Namsrai ...
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Gereisukh Otgon ...
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Bat-Erdene Damdinsuren ...
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Magical realism, epilepsy, and the steppes of Mongolia. A pilot dies. His son Bagi, who, like his father, has epilepsy, grows up on the steppes, herding sheep, subject to fits. A plague among the animals forces the family off their land to a city where Bagi gets a mining job. His seizures become more frequent and bring visions in this wasteland of strip mining, factories, and rubble. He falls in with a troupe of student performers after saving the life of one of their number. As the crisis of his people deepens - herders without flocks - Bagi uses the visions to seek direction. Can he save his people, and can he find love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 February 2007 (Belgium)  »

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Khadak - Die Farbe des Himmels  »

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€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,983 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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$1,983 (USA) (12 October 2007)
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Striking film
17 May 2008 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The reviewer of this film from Holland provides an excellent perspective of this film as an experiment in art. As an anthropologist familiar with Mongolian nomadic culture and the historical background of the horrible collectivizing results of the Maoist government of the PRC on the population of inner Mongolia where thousands died due to the heavy handed and incompetent Maoist policies, I can certainly relate to the subtext of the story of Khadak. As a film, the organization of the storyline leaves much to be desired and does have an amateurish feel to it. However, the portrait of the Mongol people in this film against the bleak background of the steppes where they've lived for centuries and the shoddy, bleak living complex and mining facility to where they've been relocated, is quite striking. The faces of the actors in long and short still shots adds to this effect. Personally, I find the Mongols to be a strikingly beautiful people with a unique history ranging from great conquest to severe abuse under both Chinese and Soviet hegemony. In this context, I find this little film to be quite good in spite of its shortcomings.


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