Forget about nomads and monks, it’s hip hop that’s making Mongolia move in the 21st century. Get ready to enter the inner world of Mongolia with a feature length documentary ”Mongolian Bling” to be screened at The Apartment on December 11th from 6.30pm directed by Benj Binks.
Having screened in over 15 countries at festivals and TV networks worldwide, this documentary gives you a first hand experience into the thriving music scene in the capital Ulaanbaatar and follows stars as they rap nationwide. It explores traditions, culture, western influence, music, identity and the meaning of being a Mongolian youth. The documenetary tells a story through the eyes of three of the country’s rappers with a colourful supporting cast including a shaman, a traditional musician, old rappers and everyday Mongolians.
December 11th 6.30pm
47 Yongfu Road // 永福路 47号
¥50 includes a drink
Koryo Tours’ Rich Beal will be present to talk and answer any questions about his experiences in Mongolia
The man behind the camera
Documentary filmmaker, photographer and blogger Benj Binks grew up on a farm in Violet Town, Australia. From volunteering in the Amazon to cycling in Cambodia, Benj’s travels have spurred a lust for discovering cultures, places, people and stories. Over the years he has relayed these adventures through writing, photography and film.
Whilst working on the Trans-Siberian in 2004, he stumbled into a Mongolian nightclub bouncing to hip-hop and began working on Mongolian Bling in 2007 —a documentary about Mongolia’s youth and modern culture.
Want to visit Mongolia?
Living in Shanghai, the epitome of a bustling city, can get tiresome at times. With its towering skyscrapers and population of nearly 25 million, it’s hard to find nature or an empty stretch of land in this crazy city. For those who want a short break from the hectic situation that is Shanghai, you can easily travel to exotic destinations such as Mongolia with the help of Koryo Tours.
With more than ten years of experience leading tours in Mongolia, Rich Beal of Koryo Tours is leading a 5-night tour to Mongolia in Feb 2017 called “Mongolia – Land of the Winter Horse”.
Starting in the historical capital of Ulaanbaatar, this short winter break will give you an introduction to the history of this former Communist state before allowing you the chance to ride, photograph or relax on the Mongolian steppes. You will be able to visit museums, drop in to local markets, travel across picturesque countryside, sleep in a traditional Mongolian ger (yurt), and watch the stars from your bed.
With experts that have dedicated their lives to tourism in remote territories, Koryo Tours works to provide responsible tourism to the world’s most isolated and least understood places. Visiting these exotic destinations is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!