Private Project

Nomadic Doctor. Short documentary

This documentary is about a lady who travels long isolated distances, 10-100 kms in a single day in all types of weather, day and night by horse, camel or car to provide medical care to nomadic families in Undur-Shil district, Dund-Gobi province, Mongolia. She is the local doctor and an unsung hero who puts her life in danger to save others lives. Although officially a pediatrician; however she now covers everything, from internist, to gynecologist as well as surgery and dentistry. The village has 1456 people. Only one person knows every single one of them. It is a Nomadic Doctor. She is the backbone of the Mongolian Health Service.

  • Mart Bira
  • Adishaajav Tuvshinbat
  • Erdenechuluun Doyod
    Key Cast
    “Nomadic Doctor”
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,315 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
  • Alternative Film Festival, Toronto
    Official Selection, Finalist
Director Biography - Mart Bira

Born in Mongolia and lives in London. She is a professional TV Director who has been worked at Mongolian National Broadcaster. She has experienced in TV documentary, short movie, entertainment and live shows.
Recently, Nomadic Doctor wins the Gold medal at Student Academy Award 2018 and qualified for the Oscars. Also awarded for the Best Documentary at 49th Montreal Student Film Festival, the Best Student Short at Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and The Platinum Remi Award at 51st WorldFest-Houston International 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:
‘Lover’, Psychological drama, Theatre production
‘Mask’ by A.P Chekhov’s short story, ‘Wooden Hero’ based on B. Regzedmaa’s work, short films and ‘Tribute to horse’ documentary, (40min). 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 desert. 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.