Strings of the Heart

A look into the Mongolian Horse Head Fiddle from the people who play this ancient instrument. Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Culture & Diversity Film Festival 2021

  • Tergel Purevdorj
  • Attendees of the Morin Khuur Festival
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2021
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    United States
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  • Culture & Diversity Film Festival 2021
    Los Angeles
    August 7, 2021
    Audience Choice Award
Director Biography - Tergel Purevdorj

Tergel Purevdorj is a Mongolian-American multi-disciplinary artist, designer and storyteller. Tergel's interest in film was sparked during her career as a Product Designer for Apple TV in Cupertino, CA. This is her first short film.

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Director Statement

The horse head fiddle (morin khuur) was the soundtrack to my childhood. Although my family was far from Mongolia, living in New York, my father often played its haunting melodies in our home. Through my adolescence, this ancient music connected me to my roots, reminding me of the deep connection Mongolians have to nature.

Today, far from its place of origin, the music of the horse head fiddle thrives across the world. This film showcases the hard work of Mongolians abroad, finding new stewards of this ancient sound.