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This Student Oscar winning documentary is about a lady who travels long isolated distances, up to 100 km in a single day in all types of weather by horse, camel or car to provide medical care to nomadic families living in the Gobi desert in Mongolia. Although officially a pediatrician, she now covers every aspect of medical practice, from internist, to gynecologist as well as surgery and dentistry. She looks after the health of over 1400 people, and the Nomadic Doctor is only person knows every single one of them. She is the backbone of the Mongolian Health Service. Nomadic Doctor airs on ARTE, 28 September 2019 at 19:30. Documentary is also available in 43 mins and 52 mins versions.

  • Mart Bira
  • Adishaajav Tuvshinbat
  • Doctor Ms Erdenechuluun Doyod
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    37 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 11, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Hertfordshire
  • 45th Student Academy Awards 2018
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 11, 2018
    The Gold Medal
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Award winner
  • 51st WorldFest-Houston International film festival
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    Platinum Remi Award
  • 49th Montreal Student Film Festival
    Best Documentary film
  • 45th Student Academy Awards
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
  • Saratov Suffering Documentary Drama Film Festival
    Russian Federation
  • Alternative Film Festival
  • Tokyo Film Awards
    August 3, 2022
    Best Asian Film Bronze winner
Director Biography - Mart Bira

Born in Mongolia and lives in London. She is the Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker who has been worked at Mongolian National Broadcaster. She has experienced in TV, documentary, short movie, entertainment and live shows.
Recently her documentary Nomadic Doctor wins a Gold medal at Student Academy Awards 2018 and competes for the Oscar.
Furthermore, her documentary awarded for the Best Documentary at 49th Montreal World Film Festival, The Platinum Award at 51st WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, The Best Student Short at Hollywood International Documentary Awards and Olympus Film Festival. Her documentary film screened on 11th Oct 2018 at Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and 16th May 2018 at Cannes Film Festival.

She had also developed several well-known TV programmes:
‘Mask’ by A.P Chekhov’s short story, ‘Wooden Hero’ based on B. Regzedmaa’s work, short films and ‘Tribute to horse’ documentary, (40min). ‘Lover’, Psychological drama, Theatre production

Currently, she had MA degree in Film & TV Production at University of Hertfordshire.

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Director Statement

I am attracted to stories that lend themselves to a truth-seeking exploration on the human condition.
The documentary reveals an untold and inspirational human story. What attracts me is her true loyalty to stay and follow her parents’ path as a Nomadic, especially as the younger generation does not want to live in countryside and most move to the city.
I follow her unpredictable journey on how she provides emergency medical care to isolated patients and how she overcomes challenging, tough situations rarely captured in a documentary. This is an observational documentary about her striving for perfection and devotion towards people and culture, not only for her work. The film does not leave the natural beauty of Gobi dessert. So the nature becomes a character as life is about emptiness. Also, the core of the film is to show a mesmerizing and harmonic way of Nomadic life is.