Aestheticism and spirituality within the same uncommon film set, wherever shamanism contrasts with the industrial capitalism, a Peter Brosens film within the supernatural space.
Khadak is a 2006 Mongolian film directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth. The film was shot during winter and in the middle of the frozen steppes of Mongolia.
The mainframe character Bagi (Batzul Khayankhyarvaa), who is a nomad shepherd, lives with his mother (Dugarsuren Dagvadorj) and grandpa (Damchaa Bazar).
Bagi has a special ability to hear cryings of lost sheep which also causes epileptic fit in him.
Time of saving a lost animal, due to his epileptic fit he experiences some out of body visions.
A shamanka or shamaness (Tserendarizav Dashnyam), pulls him out from nearly unconsciousness state and tells him that he has felt this state as ancestors are giving him sign to be a Shaman.
Even when Bagi chooses not to see the fact in that way, his grandfather advises him as his destiny is to follow the ancestors’ call and be a shaman.
But when local officials arrive with a military convoy and claim that the area is affected by the plague, Bagi and his family had no choice but to relocate to a town and are forcibly made to work at a pit coal mining, on the order of the officials.
The turn in the story
The young boy feels devastated when he learns that he has to leave his horse.
Bagi takes the work of delivering the mails and his mother takes the job of operating a machine with the while his grandfather has to sit alone in the room.
In this new life, Bagi saves the life of a coal thief named Zolzaya (Tsetsegee Byamba) and they both caught with stolen coal, brought, and put on a road crew with some other outsiders.
The shamanka jolts Bagi again and he is taken to a hospital, but he was beyond every normal treatment which could be treated with medicine.
There he hears the sound of poor animals through the pipeline. And this time he faces a journey which was shamanic enough to bring him a city from different than one he is living. The city was from the future.
Bagi fights through Zolzaya along with a bunch of young men who try to stop the mining operation to return to their normal lifestyle and bring the changes.
Khadak is a film on the basis of the spiritualism of tradition. It embraces the mystery of shamanism, makes the splendor of emptiness and it destroys the thinking of riches.