I haven’t met anyone as passionate about films as Enkhbat Natsagdorj. He was a teacher, a translator, and has been part of the development sector working for UNICEF Mongolia. But I’d say cinema and films is where Eba, as his friends fondly call him, found his niche.
Eba, a producer and a film maker, co-founded the NGO Altan Khalis (Golden Reel) which promotes art and indie films in Mongolia. Through screening and film festivals, they are able to introduce really good movies to the Mongolian people. It’s a breath of fresh air, according to Eba, as these are different from what is usually shown in cinemas.
In 2019, Eba’s short film ‘The Search’ won the Audience Award in the ‘7 Days Film’ of the Kazan International Youth Film Festival. The common theme of his works is real life motivated by his desire to raise awareness on social issues.
For Eba, arts and films can change the world. It is dependent, however, on time and space. He explains that a good film seen at the right moment and place can make an impact on a person. He shares some of those that made an impact on him – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and Carlos Reygadas’ Japon.
Eba is a Chevening Scholar currently pursuing his Master’s in Film, Television, and Creative Practices at the University of East Anglia. He wants to keep creating films as it is a powerful art form. It is his hope to share original stories particularly of Mongolia to the world, to share their truth. After all, there’s more to the movie industry than Hollywood.