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The Guardsman: Keeping vigil for Genghis Khan


01-18-2017 10:39 BJT

By CCTV.com 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 the 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”.

The spirit of the Mongolian warrior king, Genghis Khan, continues to live on in the hearts of the people living in Inner Mongolia.

The film, The Guardsman, directed by Hadar Reichman, features a family with a patriarch who takes pride in his role guarding a temple that honors Genghis Khan.

Ethnic Mongolians have a rich heritage and believe that despite Genghis Khan dying over 800 years ago, his descendants feel obligated to pay respects to his memory.

The Guardsman performs his duties, since his father, grandfather and 30 generations of ancestors have done the same before him. He’s the father of a young son and is training him for that role when the boy enters adulthood.

For some, guarding the temple may seem a boring life, since it’s located in a sparsely-populated region with wind-swept plains. Yet, ethnic-Mongolians believe that cherishing the greatness of Genghis Khan can help them stay strong.

The warrior class hold different priorities than regular families living in the big cities of China. They consider, strength and toughness as leading morality virtues, but they have begun to adapt to change.

Nowadays, families pay homage at the temple, so that their children get better scores at school.

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