A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
When looking out at the Mongolian desert, many see only a rocky wasteland. A young Mongolian woman named Uranchimeg, on the other hand, sees a teeming, delicate ecosystem. When Mongolia began suffering from severe drought, she imagined opportunity. With the help of her mother and her young daughter, Uranchimeg started a business. Her dream? Plant tea, and assist the desert ecosystem in breaking free from the drought cycles of a changing Mongolian climate. Along the way, she believes the ritual of tea will also bring a much-needed slice of the peacefully slow desert to bustling Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian filmmakers Ariunsanaa Ganbaatar and Khasar Sandag invite viewers to bear witness to the impact of Uranchimeg’s life and guiding thought: “If [the desert] can be destroyed by humans, then it can also be restored by humans."
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