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Passion by S. Byamba. A Mongolian film. 2010

A documentary film

Awarded PanStar Fund, Asian Network of Documentary, Pusan International Film Festival  and supported Visions Sud Est Fund, Switzerland

A passionate, idealistic and completely broke Mongolian filmmaker roams around the steppes showing perplexed nomads his melodramatic films all the while philosophizing with his great old friend about socialism, broken dreams and the cost of petrol.

D.Jigjid on the location,  “Messenger” , Mongol Kino,  1959

Brief   Synopsis

Richly layered with different perspective and paradoxical context Passion tells the compelling story of a complex relationship between artists and the system and the impact of social and political transition on individual destiny.

Distinguished Mongolian film director Jigjid Dejid was renowned for his outstanding films made during the communist regime. Passion contrasts Jigjid’s journey with the present day reality facing his filmmaker son Binder Jigjid in Mongolia’s transitional society. Binder’s story echoes the experience of many Mongolian artists as they struggle to meet the multiple challenges of surviving artistically and financially in the market economy. Binder is so fiercely passionate about cinema that he makes films with zero budget and then he roams all over his land to show his melodramas to isolated nomads in the steppes.

Passion is, in essence, an unpredictable and grand road trip over the steppes undertaken by Binder and his admiring and provocative friend Byamba (the director). The two find themselves in absurd and hilarious situations that Binder somehow always manages to turn into a platform for some elevated discussion about the supremacy of socialism, an exotic nature of nomads or the nobility of his unpaid bills…

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