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Documentary ㅣ JEONJU Cinema Project: Next Edition

Colors of White Rock

Khoroldorj CHOIJOOVANCHIG
France,Mongolia 90min 4K color Documentary
Productioon Status Production
Goal of Participation Production, Financing, Distribution meeting
LOGLINE

The story of Maikhuu, one of the rare women truck drivers fighting for survival in hazardous coal roads.

SYNOPSIS

Colors of White Rock foregrounds the story of Maikhuu, one of the rare women performing this perilous act. With the money she’s made by driving, she was able to afford a better-equipped apartment in the capital city Ulaanbaatar and send her kids to good schools. Yet, more and more, as she suffers the strain on her health and the long periods of family separation, she’s beginning to doubt the job’s sacrifices. At the same time, she’s expressed that driving “is all she knows now”—the “most important skill.” The mining industry’s underbelly of human rights violations that grows in proportion to its wealth, women drivers’ feminist fight to stay afloat as they take on added barriers and dangers in this hypermasculine society of workers, and the fatal and inextricable link between the highway’s ecological disaster and its human impact.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

I grew up in a period of great change in Mongolia. As the country transitioned from a socialist to a free-market economy in the 1990s, there was mass migration from rural to the capital. As a filmmaker, this has always been an interest of mine: exploring not just the enormous changes taking place in my country, but also their human costs. I was filming a video in the Gobi Desert when I saw this enormous line of trucks waiting to cross the Chinese border. I saw the faces of some drivers, looking tired and gloomy. These images stuck with me and gave way to the idea of a documentary. I it can spread awareness of what’s happening on a global scale with the mining industry’s rise.

DIRECTOR
Khoroldorj CHOIJOOVANCHIG
He was selected for Berlinale Talents and AFA. He made his award-winning debut feature Yellow Colt screened at numerous international festivals. He’s now collaborating on an upcoming feature Winter’s Reach in addition to directing Colors of White Rock which will be his first feature documentary.
Yellow Colt, Polluters of the earth (2015), The Horsehead Fiddle (2019)
PRODUCER
Tessa LOUISE-SALOMÉ
The co-founder of Petite Maison Production. She produced Under the Skin, which was invited to the competition section at the Rome IFF. She also produced and directed two documentaries on Leos Carax: the Sundance-nominated Mr. X (2014) and Drive in Holy Motors (2013). She is co-producing the documentary The Wild One on a Holocaust survivor, Jack Garfein.
Under the Skin (2020), Many Lives (2020), The Tears that Touch the Sun (2021)
CONTACTluc@petitemaisonproduction.com
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