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Daughter of Genghis


'Daughter of Genghis' is a seven-year odyssey through the Mongolian underworld. The movie follows 33-year-old female gang leader Gerel Byamba.


She is the leader of the Mongolian organization, Gerel Khas - an ultra-nationalist group made up entirely of women. Her goal is to cleanse Mongolia from corruption and Chinese oppression and return the supposed/sought ‘glorious nation’ of Genghis Khan's time.


Gerel is a gang leader, an avenger and a fervent nationalist. She is also a shaman and a mother. We follow her conflicted life as a mother and gang leader, her fight against prostitution, for an overall gender equal and racially pure Mongolia - a struggle that comes with a high price.


Gerel lives alone with her son Temuulen, who is six years old as the film begins. She struggles with the role of being a single mother, often having to abandon her son for her nationalist cause, even though she loves him dearly.


Going forward, Gerel's gang begins to fall apart and she herself begins to question her violent methods. At the same time, Gerel harvests a dark secret that she eventually must share with her son.


'Daughter of Genghis' is the tale of an indigenous population fighting for its nation threatened by surrounding powerful empires. What means is one prepared to employ to protect its country? Will one be willing to risk their own life? Can hate be justified? 'Daughter of Genghis' takes a headlong dive into the heart of nationalism.


Kristoffer Poulsen, Christian Als

Directors Kristoffer Poulsen and Christian Als are both experienced and award-winning photojournalists. “Daughters of Genghis” is their debut as documentary film directors. Als has previously worked as a reportage photographer, specializing in documenting world conflict and disasters for leading Danish and international newspapers. In recent times, he has increasingly focused on longer-term projects that exist on the fringes of the global media agenda. Juel Poulsen's primary work is now in documentary filmmaking, and as a storyteller, he finds meaning first and foremost  in understanding other people and their life choices.


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Knud Brix

Knud Brix is an acclaimed radio host and poet who has worked in all areas of journalism; war reporting, political journalism and creative writing before becoming the host of the Danish radio station 24syv. There, he anchored the daily newscast and had a weekly literature program. He then went on to host Genstart, the most popular daily podcast in Denmark 2020-2022. Knud has worked on several documentaries and has published both poetry and fictional books. He graduated from  the Danish School of Journalism and holds a master's degree in African Studies from CPH University. In April 2022, Knud Brix was appointed editor-in-chief of Ekstra Bladet, a leading investigative and tabloid newspaper in Denmark.

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