Director: Gulshat Omarova
Country: USA, Russia, Italy
Year: 2019

The darkhans of Buryatia, a Buddhist region of Siberia, were craftsmen and blacksmiths highly esteemed for their artistic skills, ability to work with fire, and shamanistic talent. Dashi Namdakov, a descant of darkhans, began to learn the craft not long after a Buryat shaman cured him of a life-threatening illness as a young man. Today he is internationally celebrated as an artist and sculptor. Namdakov carries on his ancestors’ ways, working with fire and metal to create art that conveys a Buddhist-shamanic spirituality and a distinct flavor of the supernatural. This 2019 film by Kazakh director Gulshat Omarova offers a glimpse into Namdakov’s fascinating life and the creative process that honors his Buryat roots.

This film will be available to stream until midnight on Friday, October 3rd, 2020.

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Dashi Namdakov in his studio | Courtesy of Tengri Productions

my soul drifts light upon a sea of trees

Chase, Dashi Namdakov, charcoal on paper, 2009 | Courtesy of Tengri Productions

Image from the film Mongol where Dashi Namdakov served as Production Designer | Courtesy of Tengri Productions

Genghis Khan, Dashi Namdakov, bronze, 2011 | Courtesy of Tengri Productions

Royal Hunting and the Center of Asia, Dashi Namdakov, 2013 | Courtesy of Tengri Productions

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Dashi Namdakov and his young daughter | Courtesy of Tengri Productions