Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tsogt Taij (1945)

Tsogt Taij (1945)

April 26th, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Choghtu Khong Tayiji is a Mongolian Prince fighting against expansionist Tibetans in the seventeenth century. The film uses this historical backdrop for a nationalist call towards Mongolian unity. In it the Tibetan forces are depicted as raging hoards, unconcerned for their own principals or the lives of anyone they come across.

Based around real events, Tsogt Taij is a call for unity in socialist Mongolia in the wake of the Second World War. Although biased along these lines, it is interesting to see a film dealing with Tibetan militarism. This is a side of the culture not generally discussed in the West but intimately linked with their history. The production values are lavish, with hundreds of people in full historical dress, giving an engrossing introduction to Mongolian history.
Mongolia, Director T. Khurlee, Cast Ts. Tsegmid, A. Tserendendev, Bato-Ochir and Jigmiddorj, 152 minutes, in Mongolian with English subtitles

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