The Tsaatan of Mongolia: Last of the Free Men

They’re known as the “Reindeer People”. They are one of the most amazing tribes of the planet. Numbering only 200, they live in the north of Mongolia, in a deserted and frozen region. 

Long isolated from the world, these nomadic reindeer breeders have kept all their ancestral traditions and practice shamanism. They live in simple canvas tents in temperatures that reach minus 40 degrees in winter, but they never complain and say they are happy to live like this, free, in the middle of a sublime and preserved nature. Their happiness and their way of life, day by day, offers a striking contrast with our western lives. 

But today, the modern world is catching up with them. School, which has become compulsory for children in recent years, is at the center of all their questions. What to do? To preserve the children from a progress they consider harmful or to educate them and offer them the possibility of integrating into the current world? These nomads know that they will have to choose between their traditions and civilization, between their freedom and comfort. Conscious of being at a turning point in their history, will the Tsaatan manage to survive the meeting of their world and ours?

A spectacular journey into a timeless universe, miraculously preserved.


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Sable Rouge
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  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France