Description

In Northern Mongolia, more than 2000 meters above sea level, live a nomadic people called the”Tsaatans,” which literally means “those with the reindeer.” Like their ancestors, they live by raising reindeer, through hunting and barter, and they must move around at the mercy of the reindeer’s grazing patterns. This documentary introduces us to a Tsaatan family of six brothers and sisters who have never given up their traditions. In this harsh wilderness, group solidarity is necessary for survival. The last of the reindeer breeders, this family shares a nearly extinct way of life with us through glimpses of their daily routines. The film pays homage to a vanishing people. We are reminded that while there are still men able to live an age-old way of life, their children must confront the realities of the 21st Century.