Locarno Open Doors Title ‘Ze’ Offers ‘Raw, Real Depiction’ of Modern Mongolia

Like many Mongolians, Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir has been visiting shamans from an early age, consulting the spirits for guidance when confronting thorny life challenges. So it came as no surprise when, several years back, the filmmaker’s mother urged her to visit a shaman during a particularly turbulent time in her life.

The surprise arrived when the ritual concluded and the shaman’s mask came off. Purev-Ochir realized he was hardly in his twenties—a tender age for someone tasked with performing such an important function in the community.

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August 10, 2020
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