Groups of students from various film schools around the world were invited to take part in a special project to create documentary films about China – its people, its culture and landscapes – from an external perspective. Each group was hosted in one of the country’s regions. Each visiting student was accompanied by a local student, who escorted him and assisted the visiting student in producing a film about a specific subject in the area in which he or she is staying.
In the summer of 2016, as part of the participation of Tel Aviv University in the project, five students traveled to the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia. Their films explored Mongolian culture and landscape, and the meeting between tradition and progress. During their stay, the students filmed and edited their films.
In the same year, 101 films were produced as part of this project. In the final contest held at the end of the project, two of the films produced by the Tel Aviv group won first place and third place.
Film Mentor: Dov Steuer
The Horse Land
Tana, the Girl from Kangbashi
Tana is a young Mongolian who moved from a remote farm to the ultra-modern city of Ordos. She works as a guide at the local museum, she has a passion for singing and she dreams of marriage.
Winner of Best International Film, Festival Internacional de Cinema Universitario de Pernambuco, Brazil
A day in Burna’s life, a young dancer, who lives and works in a Chinese tourism center in the prairies of Inner Mongolia.
Genghis Khan’s cavalry corps formed the largest empire in human history,
and made the entire Mongolian people famous for being a nation on
horseback. The film focuses on portraits of three horse breeders who try to
preserve the special bond between man and horse, the remnants of the
glorious Mongolian culture.
The film won first prize of the Looking China 2016 Competition.
Naren-dalai is the guard of Genghis Khan Temple. The heritage of his tribe passes only from a father to his son. Now, Naren must teach his son about the ancient customs, because the lamp that symbolizes the spirit of the Mongolian leader can’t be extinguished.
A poetic search for Genghis Khan’s remains in Inner Mongolia’s culture, scenery and people.
The film shared the third prize of the Looking China 2016 Competition.