Screening of the film Chaogtu with Sarula set in the Mongolian steppe

December 13, 2022

On Monday, December 12, 2022, a TUFS Cinema screening of the Chinese (set in Inner Mongolia) film Chaogtu with Sarula was held at the Agora Global Prometheus Hall.

Based on the short story “Shepherdess,” the film tells the story of a couple living on the Hulunbuir steppe in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. The film, with its careful depiction of the beauty and harshness of the Mongolian steppe and life as it is there now, was awarded the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019.

After the screening of the film, Associate Professor Yasuhiro Yamakoshi of TUFS’ Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, who also supervised the subtitling of the film, gave a presentation on the background and details of the film, the reality and ideals seen in his interview with Director Wang, the differences and similarities with the previous week’s screening of the Mongolian-German co-production Veins of the World, and hints on how we should view the film based on these points. During the Q&A session, many questions were asked about life in the region where the film was set, indicating the high level of interest in the Mongolian region. Associate Professor Yamakoshi expressed his “hope that the film will serve as a gateway to a broader interest in Mongolia.”