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Films 2015 - Mongolia - A Pearl in the Forest

A Pearl in the Forest

Director: Enkhtaivan Agvaantseren, 2008

Language: Mongolian
90 minutes – Mongolia

This is one of the first films to openly talk about events of the 1930s and the impact of the rise of Soviet communism on Mongolia. It is also one of the first films intended to present the history of the Buryats, one of the ethnic groups present in Mongolia.

IMBD: Is all fair when love becomes war? "Promises are like pie crusts: Made to be broken." In the 1930s, Stalin put Lenin's words into action with his infamous "purges," bringing horrors to the people of Mongolia - a geographically unified nation that he broke up with the shattering fist of political force. In the midst of a Mongolian Buryat village, Sendem is a young woman who has the curse of great beauty. Markhaa is the former villager who now returns to his hometown as a government spy. Although Sendem is already engaged to another, Markhaa is determined to use the power of his government authority to crush a village in order to take by force what he cannot win by love: the heart of Sendem. A tender blossom snapped from a tree and crushed underfoot, Sendem focuses her hope on the symbol of a hand-carved necklace once given to her by her fiancé ... and in a treasure more precious than a shimmering pearl that she leaves behind in the shelter of a dark Mongolian forest. - Written by Lewis Kocher