ZUD (Mongolian: зуд) the unforgiving forces of nature taking their toll on humans and animals.

11-year old Sukhbat lives on the vast Mongolian steppe together with his nomadic family and their livestock. When Sukhbat isn’t helping his parents on their ranch he spends time either playing in the desolate landscapes or attending school in the nearby city. Life is harsh and the increasingly unrelenting winters have killed off huge hoards of the family‘s livestock, leaving Sukhbat’s father with no choice than to look for other ways to survive. Victory in the regional horse races would bring wealth and prestige to the family. He trains Sukhbat to tame and ride a wild horse in a bid to win the race, putting the family’s hopes and future into the child‘s hands.

Geographically the ‘Roof of the World’ is the area with the world’s highest mountains – the Himalayas. Our strand of films takes in Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan and Mongolia, as cinematically they all contain the same themes and imagery. Of the seven films there are five which are about children discovering the world and their place within it, while surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. A young girl wants to defy convention and become an eagle hunter (The Eagle Huntress), two boys need to retrieve their hen so the poor one can use the money to feed his family (The Black Hen), when a movie producer buys a boys favourite camel he sets out to get it back (Celestial Camel) and when a family is about to lose their farm a young boy enters a dangerous horse race to save his families livelihood (Zud). In the developed world our youth can become too concerned with their phones and social status, but in other areas of the world childhood fears and responsibilities can be far greater. Buy any 3 Roof of the World films for £15.

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  • Rating:15+ IFF
  • Country:Poland / Germany
  • Year:2016
  • Duration:85 minutes
  • Language:Mongolian with subtitles
  • Director:Marta Minorowicz
  • Starring:Batsaikhan Budee, Sukhbat Batsaikhan
  • With thanks to Slingshot Films