ABOUT
   
Udval Altangerel is a Mongolian filmmaker and programmer based in Ulaanbaatar and Los Angeles. In her work, she combines experimental, documentary, and narrative elements to explore the themes of personal and national histories, language, and (home)land. She is currently working on an autoethnographic film about her ancestral land.



ORBITA




4’25”
16mm transfer to video
stereo
b&w, color
2020
“For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.


“Longing,” says the poet Robert Hass, “because desire is full of endless distances.” Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world.”

― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost 

Trailing the first Mongolian cosmonaut, the filmmaker orbits her home through her camera obscura. Her personal narrative weaves into Mongolia’s past as a satellite state. Orbita is the filmmaker reclaiming her name and with it her country’s history.



Upcoming Screenings
2021    Tacoma Film Festival

Past Screenings
2021    Images Film Festival
2021    CalArts School of F/V Showcase @ REDCAT
2021    Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
2021    Golden Ger International Film Festival
2021    Mimesis Documentary Festival
2021    The Polygon Gallery