Veins of the World

Die Adern der Welt

Directed by Byambasuren Davaa

Cast: Bat-Ireedui Batmunkh, Enerel Tumeni, Purevdorj Uranchimeg

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. 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 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. Mongolia’s Official Entry to the 2021 Academy Awards.