Our top 3 recommendations to inspire your travels:
Released in 2014 as part of a Netflix TV series, Marco Polo is based on the historical merchant’s tales. Concentrating on his adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, the show is packed with “greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry”.
Despite the exquisite costume design and fantastic Mongolian music, the series should be taken with a pinch of salt, mainly due to lack of genuine Mongolian actors and language. In addition, in order to dramatize the show, a lot of historical facts have been forgone. Nonetheless a very worthwhile watch!
The Great Match/ La Gran Final
An adventure of three communities in the world’s most far flung places, all of whom are determined to watch the football final in Japan of the 2002 World Cup between Germany and Brazil. One of the three locations is set in Western Mongolia close to Kazakhstan; similarities are found in the likeness of both ethnic groups. It has been brilliantly researched and with the use of authentic locations, colloquial languages and beautiful cinematography, the film offers a light-hearted watch.