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the silver river

The silver river tells the story of our journey through Mongolia.
We, two female documentary filmmakers from Berlin, experience visiting nomadic living families in the grasslands, as well as the rapidly expanding metropolis of Ulanbaatar, and the effects of a globalised economy.
Consequences are obvious not only in the mining area of Zaamar, where the use of mercury gives the River Tool a metallic shine.
We get together with local people who tell us about the nomadic way of life in the face of the 21st century, and we also interview experts in regards to current mining practices and its sprawling effects.
This documentary spans our horizon further and extends our view on a world, where the serenity of just being meets with the free-market mechanisms of economic policies and politics.

  • Mady Piesold
    Director
    Der Palast, Anstalten, nowhere
  • Uranchimeg Bayarsaikhan
    Director
  • Mady Piesold
    Writer
    Der Palast, Anstalten, nowhere
  • Uranchimeg Bayarsaikhan
    Writer
  • Mady Piesold
    Producer
    Der Palast, Anstalten, nowhere
  • Uranchimeg Bayarsaikhan
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    40 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 4, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,360 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Mongolia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival d´Amiens
    Amiens
    France
    November 7, 2008
    Europe Premiere
Director Biography - Mady Piesold, Uranchimeg Bayarsaikhan

Mady Piesold
born 1979 , lives and works in Berlin

Education
2008-2015 studies of Fine Art, University of Arts, Berlin
2004-2005 studies of Fine Art, Barcelona/ Spain
2001-2007 studies of Stage Design and Costume Design,
College of Fine Art and Design, Berlin
Grants
2014 study stay in Mongolia, Scholarship of DAAD,
research for the documentary „the silver river“
2011 study stay in Alaska/ USA, Scholarship of DAAD,
research for the documentary „nowhere“
2011 Anna – Oppermann - Award, University of Arts,
Berlin
2004 Erasmus Scholarship in Barcelona/ Spanien

Films
2017 „the silver river“, documentary
2011 „nowhere“, documentary
2009 „Anstalten“, documentary
2007 „Der Palast“, animation with puppets and mixed
media
2005 „Tisolski“, animation with puppets and mixed
media

Festivals and presentations
2011 film presentation at the exhibition „nowhere“
2009 film presentation at theater 89 Berlin/ Germany
2008 film presentation at the exhibition „Bild und
Szene“ in Meiningen/ Germany
2008 Festival d´Amiens, Amiens/France
2008 „back_up festival 2008“, Weimar/ Germany
2008 Eulenspiegeleien, Berlin, 3. Price from the Jury/
Germany
2007 shortfilmfestival Oberschöneweide, Berlin/
Germany
2007 film presentation at theater 89 Berlin/ Germany
2005 film presentation in Tivoli e. V. und in the Kino
Lichtblick, Berlin/ Germany

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Director Statement

I´m interested to research and to document the beauty and the fragmentation of this world.