Mongolia II - The City on the Steppes

Mongolia II - The City on the Steppes

Streaming Video - 2012
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Though Mongolia is as large as all of Western Europe, its population in the mid-1970s numbered a mere 1.5 million. This is the second of two films made by Granada TV - the first-ever documentary unit allowed in from the West - that give a rare look at life in a land once deemed remote and inaccessible. The City on the Steppes documents two celebrations. In the capital of Ulan Bator, then home to a quarter of the country's population, we see the 53rd anniversary of the socialist revolution play out with parades, festivals, wrestling and archery contests, and one of the most remarkable horse races in the world, where 7-to-12-year-old jockeys race. The film then returns to a shepherd's camp on a collective for the traditional celebration of Tsagaan Sar, the lunar New Year festival, also known as the Herdsman's New Year.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1975
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (52 min.) :,sd., col

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