Depending on Heaven

© Entell
56 minutes / Colour / 1988
Directed by
Peter Entell

Country of production Switzerland

The film is in two parts and focuses on the Mongols living in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. Part One (28 minutes) follows the life of a nomadic Mongol family on their yearly journey following their herds across north China. Part Two (28 minutes) gives a more contemporary view of the Mongols trying to reclaim the desert in a more sedentary lifestyle currently encouraged by the Chinese government. The second section highlights disturbing environmental issues regarding the destruction of these northern grasslands.


Language and subtitles Mongolian dialect with English Subtitles

Region Central Asia and Far East

Country China

Keywords Environment Nomads and Nomadism Herding Everyday Life