Hamid Sardar’s breathtaking documentary Taïga provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Mongolian sheep herders, who must battle the twin predations of wolves and mining interests in the delicate ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe. Taïgawas the winner of a FIPA d’Or, the Jury Prize at the Festival d’Etonnant Voyageurs in Paris; the Grand Prize from the Union de Radio & Television International (URTI) for best documentary at the Monte Carlo Golden Nymph Awards; and an ‘Etoile’ de la SCAM as one of the thirty most influential films of 2014. A discussion with two Smithsonian experts on the arctic and conservation issues follows the screening.
Directed by Hamid Sardar-Afkhami. Presented with the Freer Gallery of Art. Special guests William W. Fitzhugh and Paula T. DePriest.