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Khadak (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 21 February 2007 (Belgium)
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.


Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)


Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (screenplay) (as Jessica Hope Woodworth)

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Cast overview:
Batzul Khayankhyarvaa Batzul Khayankhyarvaa ... Bagi
Tsetsegee Byamba Tsetsegee Byamba ... Zolzaya
Banzar Damchaa Banzar Damchaa ... Grandfather
Tserendarizav Dashnyam Tserendarizav Dashnyam ... Shamaness
Dugarsuren Dagvadorj Dugarsuren Dagvadorj ... Mother
Uuriintuya Enkhtaivan Uuriintuya Enkhtaivan ... Naraa
Otgontogos Namsrai Otgontogos Namsrai ... Doctor
Gereisukh Otgon Gereisukh Otgon ... Nurse
Bat-Erdene Damdinsuren Bat-Erdene Damdinsuren ... Zolzaya's Brother


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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Drama | Romance


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Belgium | Germany | Netherlands



Release Date:

21 February 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Khadak - Die Farbe des Himmels See more »

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Box Office


€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,983, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,983, 14 October 2007
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Dolby Digital


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In the shots where the Shamaness is smashing the liquor bottles on the ground, several of them bounce, or just break into a few pieces, but the sound effect is still that of a bottle shattering to bits. See more »

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Khadak : Belgian duo Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brossens present an authentic portrayal of nomadic life in Mongolia.
14 July 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

One of world cinema's biggest virtues is that it allows us to have a personal vision of distant places where it would be difficult for us to travel due to various reasons. Mongolia is one such remote area which has caught the attention of various film directors as many films have been set in this vast central Asian nation ever since it was popularized in 1989 by renowned German director Ms. Ulrike Ottinger through her film "Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia". Mongolia is honestly represented by ethnographic filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. Khadak is not a documentary film but it has made good use of a lot of documentary cinema's conventions to get closer to reality. Although the main story moves slowly, there are plenty of minor stories to keep in check the viewers' attention. These stories are an excellent initiation into the lives of people in Mongolia as each story represents an event related to the lives of the protagonists. One needs to watch this film if one's knowledge of ethnographic films is restricted uniquely to films made by Jean Rouch.

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