Gobi Children's Song

Droughts cause a lack of pasture for the herds of camels, horses, sheep, and goats in Orkhon and Buyanbat’s nomadic family life in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Yet, children’s music sets a magical tone as eleven-year-old Naraa and her sisters and brother help in every task from delivering water to shearing sheep and preparing food from their animals. Yet, they straddle modern life as well, using a truck to haul water, cell phones to communicate, and a motorcycle for herding. The young people watch television cartoons as they have a dinner of goat that they helped to carefully and calmly butcher. Set on a seemingly limitless expanse of desert, this touching film is an intimate and hopeful view of a new generation steeped in tradition while gracefully weaving in the tools of modernity that work for them.

  • Sas Carey
    Gobi Women's Song, Ceremony, Migration, Transition
  • Sas Carey
    Gobi Women's Song, Ceremony, Migration,Transition
  • Susan Read Cronin
  • John F. Swift
  • Naranchimeg Buyanbat
    Key Cast
  • Buyanbat Munkhuu
    Key Cast
  • Orkhon Battseren
    Key Cast
  • Purevbat Buyanbat
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Говийн хүүхдүүдийн дуу
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sas Carey

Director Biography - Sas Carey
Sas Carey
Film Director, NGO Director, Author, Healer, Speaker

Sas Carey is an American film director, author, teacher, holistic nurse, and spiritual healer. She has written the book Reindeer Herders in My Heart: Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia, directed and produced four feature films on Mongolian culture, and founded the non-profit Nomadicare—to support and preserve traditional Mongolian nomadic culture through healthcare, films, and stories.


Author (2004 - Present)
• Searching for Mongolian Medicine in the Gobi Desert, Ayur Vijnada (a periodical on Indo-Tibetan and allied medical cultures). West Bengal, India. 2002. Reprinted in German in Germany 2004. Reprinted by the Mongolian Society.
• Reindeer Herders in My Heart: Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia. (Taiga memoir. Travel. Healing) 2012. Wren Song Press.
• Editorial writer in Addison Independent Newspaper, Middlebury, Vermont. 2016-present.

Film Director October (2006 - Present)

• Steppe Herbs, Mare’s Milk and Jelly Jars: A Journey to Mongolian Medicine 19 minutes (1995)
• Gobi Women's Song 73 minutes (2006), with Revisiting Gobi Women 9 minutes (2011)
• Taiga Heart Song 7 minutes (2007)
• Ceremony 45 minutes (2015)
• Migration 80 minutes (2016)
• Transition 76 minutes (2020)

In addition, Carey has produced a number of short films about the Dukha herders. Her first three feature films have been shown at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Gobi Women’s Song was accepted at Green Mountain Film Festival, Vermont International Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival.
The movies Ceremony and Migration have been viewed on Vermont Public Broadcasting Service.
In 2016 Migration won the Earth’s Choice Award at the Earth Day Film Festival, San Francisco. It also received the Honorable Mention award from the International Film Awards Berlin (ifab 2016). The Pärnu (Estonia) International Documentary Film Festival granted Migration The Best Scientific Audiovisual Recording (2016).

Director of Nomadicare (1997 - Present)
Nomadicare is a non-governmental organization, which supports and preserves traditional Mongolian nomadic culture through healthcare, films, and stories. Ecologia a 501(c) 3 is Nomadicare’s fiscal agent. Carey provides educational talks, screenings, and seminars in the United States and internationally to further awareness of the Mongolian culture. She has presented at the Explorer’s Club in New York, The Rubin Museum of Art, the Mongolian Embassy in Washington D.C, the Smithsonian Institute, the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulaanbaatar, and numerous theaters, film festivals, libraries, colleges, and universities. (www.nomadicare.ORG).

Energy Healer and Spiritual Guide (1990 - Present)
After teaching second grade and working as a professional clay sculptor, Carey became a Registered Nurse and started a private practice in holistic nursing. In 1990, her prevention program, Alternatives for Teens, received one of ten Exemplary Prevention Programs Awards given nationally from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

University of Vermont
BS, Nursing 1982

University of Vermont
M.Ed., Education 1988

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Director Statement

As director of Nomadicare. ORG, my mission is to support and preserve Mongolia's traditional nomadic culture through documentaries and stories.