A problematic 12 year-old Mongolian kid Galbatrakh (Galaa), who has no father, tries to survive in Mongolian ger (Mongolian house) district by selling goods at a black market, while skipping his school. However, one day his mother decides that Galaa should give it a try to became a lama, a Buddhist monk. This becomes boy’s dream and a plan for survival. Galaa visits Pethub, one of the most disciplined Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, and tries to be accepted. In order to achieve this, he needs to study hard, get a permission from different high lamas and pass through complicated bureaucracy of the monastery. Will he succeed?
Egle Vertelyte is a director and scriptwriter. After finishing history and studying art criticism, she began to study film-making in European Film College in Denmark. Later she worked on several TV and documentary film productions in Lithuania with documentary directors Audrius Mickevicius (“Man-Horse”), Oksana Buraja (“Confession”, “The Diary”) and Arunas Matelis. She directed the TV broadcast “25th Frame” on Lithuanian National Television. Egle also filmed documentary film “Around the world with Enrikas” soon to be realesed. Last year she lived in Mongolia where she was teaching visual anthropology at the National Mongolian University. She produced and directed the social documentary film “FPMT Mongolia” about Buddhism in Mongol ia. Currently she is developing a feature-length screenplay “Ona Change” (developed in the MFI screenwriting workshops in Greece). This year Egle is starting screenwriting course at National Film and Television School in England.