Chapter 1: SLEEPLESS

Chapter 2: REPEAT UNTIL DEATH

A Mongolian coal miner takes his ill daughter from the heavily polluted city into the wilderness to see the shaman. Upon finding a new home with the shaman’s nomadic tribe and their reindeer, they discover that this world too, is affected.

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Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar is the world’s most polluted capital.

Every winter, as many as 220,000 households burn coal to stay warm. When families can’t afford coal they sometimes burn tyres and other scraps. Air pollution often reaches several times that of Beijing or Delhi, and it can reach up to 133x times the level that the World Health Organisation (WHO) deems safe. The hospitals are packed every winter, as thousands of children fall sick. Respiratory infections have increased at a rate of 270% over the last decade and children living in the city have a 40% lower lung function than those living in rural areas, according to UNICEF.

Harsh winters have killed millions of livestock, forcing rural herders to the capital for work. In 2004, almost 7,000 people moved from rural areas to the city, since then as many as 45,000 have moved to the capital annually. Mot reside in the Ger district, an area officials say accounts for 80% of the city’s air pollution. Since there is no access to clean energy, people turn to coal to stay warm.

The Tsaatan, Mongolia’s reindeer herders, are amongst these nomads forced to retreat from the wild. An ever-changing climate weakens their animals and threatens an entire culture with extinction. Today, only 40 Tsaatan families remain.

-SLEEPLESS LYRICS-

GIVEN ALL THE SILENCE, I COULD SEE THE SKY WAS TAKING ITS PLACE. IF WE’RE GIVING IT ALL A TITLE, I’LL CONCEDE I MIGHT HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. I FEEL LOVE, THROWING IT ALL AWAY, I’M SLEEPLESS. SEVEN YEARS OF VERSES, I GUESS THAT I DESERVE IT, I MADE A MISTAKE! SO KEEP IT ON THE SURFACE, AND TELL ME THERE WAS WORTH IN ALL THE WAYS WHAT IT WOULD BREAK. I FEEL LOVE, THROWING IT ALL AWAY, I’M SLEEPLESS KNOWING YOU’RE ALL THE SAME… HOW’D ONLY I FEEL IT? IT’S TAKEN ALL THE IVY FROM YOUR THROAT, DOES IT FEEL ANYMORE LIKE HOME? I MADE THE WALK FROM ALBANY TO ROME, BUT IT FEELS LIKE THERE’S NOWHERE MORE TO GO. I FEEL LOVE, THROWING IT ALL AWAY, I’M SLEEPLESS, AND TELL ME YOU’RE ALL THE SAME? HOW’D ONLY I FEEL IT?

-REPEAT UNTIL DEATH LYRICS-

LOW, A PART OF ME NOW. A PALM TO MY MOUTH. I SAID IT, ALMOST. SNOW, BROTHER I’LL BET IT ALL GOLD. SHUDDER WITH BLOOD IN MY NOSE. I HAD IT, ALMOST. DON’T GO, YOU’RE HALF OF ME NOW, BUT I’M HARDLY STOOD PROUD, I SAID IT, ALMOST. OH, I’VE BEEN LOW, BUT DAMMIT I BET IT DON’T SHOW, IT WAS HEAVEN A MOMENT AGO, I HAD IT, ALMOST. WE HAD IT, ALMOST. I CAN’T SEEM TO LET MYSELF LEAVE YOU, BUT I CAN’T BREATHE ANYMORE. I CAN’T SEEM TO NOT NEED TO NEED YOU, AND I CAN’T BREATHE ANYMORE.

Behind The Scenes

Credits

Music Artist NOVO AMOR
Record Label ALL POINTS
                                       CAST
Nergui (Father) YALALT NAMSRAI
Altan (Daughter) MUNKHJIN BAYANMUNKH
Shaman GANBAT SANDAG
Man with Reindeer OCHIRBAT JAMBALDORJ
Nergui’s Brother BAYANMUNKH ERDENEBAATAR
Tsaatan People PUREVEE JAMBALDORJ
MUNKHTSETSEG NYAMJAV
BUYANTOGTOKH SANDAG
TSETSEG JAMBALDORJ
SUREN EREGZEL
BATTULGA KHURELGALDAN
MAMA MUNKHUU
Writers/Directors JORIK DOZY
SIL VAN DER WOERD
Producer SEAN LIN
Cinematographer NICHOLAS CHIN
Line Producer BYAMBADORJ ALTHANKHUYAG
Unit Production Manager MIYEGOMBO ALEXANDER
Production Coordinator BUJINLKHAM MYAGMARJAV
AC/BTS SKAISTE KAZRAGYTE
Editorial JORIK DOZY
SIL VAN DER WOERD
Colorist KEIDRYCH WASLEY
Visual Effects ALEX SCOLLAY
HORIA TRANDAFIR
KHET YEE SANG
GORAN KOCOV
JORIK DOZY
NICHOLAS CAILLIER
Sound Design SELLE SELLINK
Cook ANKHBAYAR BORKHUU
Drivers SANSAR KHAISVAI
LKHAGVADORJ LODONSHARAV
Special Thanks LEIRE ZABALA ARRIETA
Music Artist NOVO AMOR
Record Label ALL POINTS
Writers/Directors JORIK DOZY
SIL VAN DER WOERD
Producer SEAN LIN
Cinematographer NICHOLAS CHIN
Line Producer BYAMBADORJ ALTHANKHUYAG
Unit Production Manager MIYEGOMBO ALEXANDER
Production Coordinator BUJINLKHAM MYAGMARJAV
AC/BTS SKAISTE KAZRAGYTE
Editorial JORIK DOZY
SIL VAN DER WOERD
Colorist KEIDRYCH WASLEY
Visual Effects ALEX SCOLLAY
HORIA TRANDAFIR
KHET YEE SANG
GORAN KOCOV
JORIK DOZY
NICHOLAS CAILLIER
Sound Design SELLE SELLINK
Cook ANKHBAYAR BORKHUU
Drivers SANSAR KHAISVAI
LKHAGVADORJ LODONSHARAV
Special Thanks LEIRE ZABALA ARRIETA
Nergui (Father) YALALT NAMSRAI
Altan (Daughter) MUNKHJIN BAYANMUNKH
Shaman GANBAT SANDAG
Man with Reindeer OCHIRBAT JAMBALDORJ
Nergui’s Brother BAYANMUNKH ERDENEBAATAR
Tsaatan People PUREVEE JAMBALDORJ
MUNKHTSETSEG NYAMJAV
BUYANTOGTOKH SANDAG
TSETSEG JAMBALDORJ
SUREN EREGZEL
BATTULGA KHURELGALDAN
MAMA MUNKHUU