Mongolian Gold

The cello for me is a rowboat with which I sail through a country (Ernst Reijseger)

Cellist, composer Ernst Reijseger, always up for a new challenge, goes in search of Mongolian music culture and the 'white gold', the best horsehair for the bow in the world.
Reijseger meets students at the traditional music academy in the capital Ulaanbaatar and challenges them to improvise and push boundaries. He visits instrument builders, horse violinists, singers and shepherds on the steppes who sing of their love for their horses and their rich history. The original nomadic culture and the annual horse slaughter are under pressure; the trade in the valuable white horsetails has been taken over by the Chinese in rapidly changing Mongolia

director: Maarten Schmidt & Thomas Doebele