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Mongolian Disco Exhibition 2014 New York

MONGOLIAN DISCO

 

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The New York Times

MOVIE REVIEW

Nomads Looking for Leftovers, the Precious Kind
‘Price of Gold’ Follows Mongolian Prospectors

By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

For more than a decade, Mongolian nomads have been illegally prospecting for gold in the Gobi Desert, gleaning the leftovers of the international mining companies that own the mineral rights. In “Price of Gold,” the directors Sven Zellner and Chingunjav Borkhuu observe a ragtag crew of five of these wildcatters, piecing together a noncommittal, occasionally surreal portrait of hardscrabble lives and omnipresent risk.


“We take what is ours,” one worker says, his attitude hovering somewhere between shame and defiance. Crudely equipped with battered shovels, an ancient drill and a wheezing, hand-cranked compressor, the crew digs and bickers. Downtime is spent wrestling one another and harassing the cheerful woman who cooks for them (and who has the foresight to hide their knives when they drink). The illicit nature of the work requires bribes of vodka to the police and to possible informants; but, as we see, there are more pressing dangers.


Against a background of saffron dust and violet mountains, Mr. Zellner’s camera peers into a terrifyingly narrow mine shaft and watches as a worker packs dynamite, a cigarette dangling nonchalantly from his lips. Fingers paddling in the mercury that’s used to loosen gold from rock, another man patiently sifts sludge for signs of glinting particles. With few alternative means of generating income, the crew members are pragmatic about the hazards of an operation held together with spit and string, and our explosives specialist isn’t stressed.


“It’s better to die serenely,” he says, confidently. If you say so.

 

 

PRICE OF GOLD

ARTE-Dokumentarfilmpreis 2012

director/ editor/ cinematographer: Sven Zellner

co-director: Chingunjav Borkhuu

HotDocs Film Festival 2012 · Toronto, Beldocs 2012 · Belgrade, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2012 · Munich · NEUES DEUTSCHES KINO, Brooklyn Film Festival New York, Duisburger Filmwoche 2012, Dokfilmwoche Hamburg 2013, Maximilian Plettau NOMINAL FILM Documentary & Feature Film Production Bayerischer Rundfunk | FFF FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

   

 

 

 

   

 

There’s a gold rush in Mongolia, and much like the North American gold rushes at the turn of the 20th century, it has become a capitalist free-for-all where concern for the individual or the environment takes a backseat to the profit margin. Foreign corporations have mined the Mongolian land, but now close to 100.000 rogue Mongolian nomads, known as Ninjas, have begun prospecting for the leftovers. Small independent crews, without the aid of modern technology or equipment, risk their lives digging for a small piece of the action. It’s their land, after all, and they want in on the profit. Price of Gold follows a crew of brave and desperate Ninjas on their illegal digs in the Gobi desert. Stunning cinematography illustrates the vast landscape and claustrophobic conditions of the DIY mines navigated by the determination, ingenuity and utter insanity of this remarkable crew. Lynne Crocker  

Price of Gold Film - Sven Zellner

 

 

Mongolian Disco Exhibition 2014 New York

MONGOLIAN DISCO · German House · 871 UN Plaza · 1st avenue between East 49th and 48th st · New York · NY 10017 January 8, 2015 - January 29, 2015

 

 

Nomads Black lives matter- copyright 2011 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Millions March Black Lives Matter Protest · New York · December 13, 2014

 

 

Nomads Mongolia Nomadic- copyright 2011 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Mongolian Nomads | South Gobi Desert | Mongolia | Asia

 

 

Nomads Nomadic Children Mongolia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

nomadic children | South Gobi Desert | Mongolia | Asia

 

 

Childhood in Romania - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Childhood in Romania | honorable mention 2015 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography and Film

 

 

Jerusalem Israel - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Jerusalem

 

 

Harlem - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Harlem

 

 

South Africa Khayelitsha- copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Khayelitsha, South Africa

 

 

In the sewers Romania - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

In the sewers | Romania

 

 

In the sewers Romania - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Greenland

 

 

Ninja Miners Gold Mongolia - copyright 2011 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Ninja Miners | Argalant Uul | Gobi Desert | Mongolia | Asia

 

 

Ninjas Gold Rush Mongolia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

 

 

 

School Nomadic Children Mongolia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Nalaikh Coal Mine | Mongolia | Asia

 

 

 

 Delayed Gratification Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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GEO 02/2016

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Delayed Gratification

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Delayed Gratification

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Delayed Gratification

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Delayed Gratification

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NIKON PRO

 

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NIKON PRO

 

 

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NIKON PRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

Leica’s Special Edition 2014 Progresso Fotografico

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Leica’s Special Edition 2014 Progresso Fotografico

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Leica’s Special Edition 2014 Progresso Fotografico

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

Progresso Fotografico 2014

RADIALSYSTEM V - Berlin

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GEO international 05/2014

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GEO international 05/2014

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GEO international 05/2014

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GEO international 05/2014

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GEO international 05/2014

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EMERGEMongolen Disko

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VIEW 04/2014

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VIEW 04/2014

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VIEW 04/2014

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EMERGE Mongolische Nomaden

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DAS MAGAZIN No 10 Tagi-Magi

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DAS MAGAZIN No 10

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DAS MAGAZIN No 10

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DAS MAGAZIN No 10

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DAS MAGAZIN No 10

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LFI magazine 02/2014

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LFI magazine 02/2014

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

LFI magazine 02/2014

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LFI magazine 02/2014

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

LFI magazine 02/2014 (Leica)

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LFI magazine 02/2014

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LFI magazine 02/2014

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

LFI magazine 02/2014

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LFI magazine 02/2014

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LFI magazine 02/2014

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

GEO 08/2012

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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TERRA MATER 12/2012

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GEOlino extra Wüsten

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GEO MONGOLIA 2013

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GEO Mongolia 4/2013

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National Geographic Mongolia

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GEOlino extra Wüsten

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FOCUS MAGAZIN

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KLartext // Das Magazin der Deutschen Journalistenschule
September 2013

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

KLartext // Das Magazin der Deutschen Journalistenschule
September 2013

Terra Mater Teer Sheet Sven Zellner

KLartext // Das Magazin der Deutschen Journalistenschule
September 2013

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KLartext // Das Magazin der Deutschen Journalistenschule
September 2013

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Bayerischer Wald - Wo Wildnis erwacht // Tecklenborg Verlag

 

Georgia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Georgia

 

 

Armenia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Armenia

 

 

Germany - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Germany

 

 

Austria - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Austria

 

 

Queens - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Queens

 

 

Paris - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Paris

 

 

Toronto - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Toronto

 

 

Brazil - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Brazil

 

 

Croatia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

Croatia

 

 

School Nomadic Children Mongolia - copyright 2012 Sven Zellner/Agentur Focus

nomadic children at school | South Gobi Desert | Mongolia | Asia

text and photos copyright 2012 Sven Zellner | Agentur Focus

SVEN ZELLNER PHOTOGRAPHY DOCUMENTARY FILMS EXHIBITIONS VITA CONTACT
  NINJAS - GOLD RUSH MONGOLIA MONGOLIAN DISCO MONGOLIAN NOMADS NOMADIC CHILDREN WRESTLERS MONGOLIA NAADAM - HORSE RACES BLACK LIVES MATTER
 
  PRICE OF GOLD CHILDHOOD IN ROMANIA AIDS EPIDEMIC ROMANIA GREENLAND'S FUTURE GENERATION BAYERISCHER WALD LANDSCAPES