Djangarchi is a film about Oleg Mankuev, one of four throat singers, the Djangarchi, from Kalmikija. Kalmikija is an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation and the only Buddhist country in Europe. Djangar is an epic poem that has been sung since ancient times. This poem is the carrier of national pride and identity of the people of Kalmikija throughout generations. Djangarchi has also been called ‘the carrier of eternity‘. Conceived as an exciting road movie documentary, the film follows Oleg's journey from Kalmikija to Croatia, in search of his own identity and new musician friends. By singing this old epic poem, Oleg is about to leave his motherland Kalmikija and is about to go to Rijeka (Croatia) to cooperate with Damir Martinovic, the frontman and the producer of Let 3, a famous and surely the most eccentric Croatian band.
Barbara Jukopila graduated in Film, TV and Theatre Production (BA) from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has continued her studies (MA) at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in major: Production of Audiovisual and Multimedia Projects. She also studies at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb. She produced several shorts, such as Chocolate Cake (2009) and Red (2009) - 2nd Prize at the 41st Croatian Video and Film Festival. She produced the short documentary Puppet as... which won the 1st Prize at the 40th Croatian Video and Film Festival. She worked as the Program Coordinator of the Child Rights Film Festival in Zagreb. She also worked on feature films Bloodrayne 3 (PA AD) and Penelope (Production Assistant). In 2008 she worked as the Executive Assistant at the Theatre Epicenter. In 2009 she attended the Sarajevo Talent Campus at the Sarajevo Film Festival.