UB Lama

,,UB LAMA” (50 min., Documentary, 50 min., colour, 2011, Nominum).

Directed by: Eglė Vertelytė

DOP: Otgon Gesu

Music: Titas Petrikis

Prodused by: Arūnas Matelis, Lukas Trimonis


Gaala is only twelve, but he must look after his mother and younger brother. His farther died 2 years ago. To make ends meet, he is a vendor in the market in Ulaanbaatar and brings money to his mother who waits for him in the ger, the traditional Mongolian yurt, in the poor and dirty periphery of the city. The boy misses many days of school and has little time for play. His mother dreams of a different future for her son; to lift him from poverty, she attempts to have him accepted into a Buddhist monastery in order to become a monk. With Gaalas story, we are brought closer to the reality of life in the capital of Mongolia, where families live in dire conditions in the characteristic yurt, in a society that day by day abandons tradition in favor of modernity and its contradictions.


2012 XVIII Lessinia film festival, second prize „Lessinia D'Argento“

2012 Me­di­ter­ra­neo Vi­deo Fes­ti­val, special prize

2012 Nominated Silver Crane, Best Score (Titas Petrikis)