Human Stories 52'

Reindeer People

In Northern Mongolia, there exists a sacred alliance between people, ancestor spirits and reindeer.


This film is an intimate portrait of a family of Dukha reindeer nomads following their migration through the forests of Mongolia's Hovsgol province. The oldest Dukha, is a divine seer, a 96-year old shaman, called Tsuyan. She is the link between the healing songs of the forest ancestors, her people and their reindeer.


To live in harmony with them, people had to learn to respect nature and animals and to pass down their beliefs, from generation to generation, by invoking the song-lines of their deceased ancestors.

Direction: Hamid Sardar

Production: ZED & Axis Mundi

Languages: French, Brazilian Portuguese, Español, German, Neutral Spanish, English

awards & festivals

  • Mountain Film Festival of Banff (Canada)

    Best Film on Mountain Culture

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