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The Horse Land - a moving tribute to Chinese Mongolian traditional culture


11-30-2016 12:31 BJT

By CNTV Panview editor team

Editor’s foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation, which aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through unique perspectives of young foreign film makers.

As of year 2016, 101 students from 25 countries were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 13 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of “ethnic minority”.

From Nov. 30, CNTV Panview is to post the selected and best films of this series. Here is the top prize winner for today.

The winner for the top prize of the ‘Looking China Golden Lenses Awards’ goes to ‘The Horse Land,’ filmed, produced and directed by Dmitry Knoplv, an Israeli student film-maker, who traveled to Wushen County of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to depict the close relationship between horse and the Mongolian-ethnic community.

The 10:39 clip was encapsulated with haunting Hoomii, Mongolian throat music, dazzling cinematography (land and aerial) and stunning natural scenery as a backdrop.

Set in a documentary format, three elderly men - horse trainer, saddlery craftsman and horse museum curator - explain their love affair for horses and dream to teach respect for Wushen horses and preserving nature to the younger generations in the local community.

The film stands as a moving tribute to Mongolian traditional culture, admiration for horses and love for nature. It’s a must see for anyone who wish to learn more about the Mongolian-ethnic community living in China.


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