The Cave of the Yellow Dog ( 2005)
Directed by Byambasuren Davaa.
Davaa returns to her native country and to the region where she grew up to show us life among the nomadic people. Through the touching story of the young girl Nansaa and her little dog Zochor, she depicts the freedom of life on the steppes, as well as the spirituality of the people and the significance of the Buddhist faith. Delicate and poignant, Davaa’s story also highlights the increasing tensions as these rich traditions come into conflict with the demands of modern urban life.
Nansal (Nansal Batchuluun), the oldest daughter of a nomadic Mongolian family, finds a small dog and names him Zochor. Her father refuses to let her keep it, believing it will bring the family bad luck and lead wolves to their sheep. Nansal decides to defy her father by hiding her four-legged friend but as winter approaches and the family prepares to move camps, Zochor is tied to a post by Nansal’s father. He is forced to reconsider after the dog protects their youngest child from vultures.
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