Nomad Meets the City is the story of one endearing family’s struggle to survive and adapt in the face of the modern world’s demands.

Former herder Tumurbaatar works tirelessly as a garbage truck driver in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, striving to better his daughter’s education and compete in the modern economy. Torn between life in the city and his home and family in a countryside town, the pressures of distance and separation take a toll. A doctor in the countryside, his wife, Tungaa, maintains her roots and helps tend the family herd, and Tumurbaatar’s visits home reveal fault lines in their marriage and identities. They both speak romantically about retiring as true nomads, but she sees what he does not: his nomadic roots are already lost to the city. In spite of it all, they cling fast to dreams for their children to lead lives they cannot.


Director: Anji Sauvé Clubb
Editor: Šimon Špidla
Script Advisor: Ivan Arsenjev, Tomáš Potočný
DOP, Music: Dulguun Bayasgalan
Sound: Vladimír Chrastil
Producers: Alice Tabery, Anji Sauvé Clubb
Co-producer: i/o post (Jordi Niubó)
Associate Producer: Walter Jenkins

Supported by: Czech Film Fund, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Arts Council of Mongolia, Embassy of USA in Mongolia, Indiegogo crowfunding, Jerome Foundation

The project will be presented at WIP LAB (HAF market) in Hong Kong in March 2019
Project was presented at IDFAcademy 2015 and HotDocs Dealmaker 2016