EN - The mythical story of a 17-year-old Mongolian herder faced with his destiny to become a shaman. When a plague hits the land, all the animals are killed and the nomads are forcibly relocated to mining towns. He subsequently discovers that this plague was actually a ruse intended to eradicate their way of life.

FR - L’histoire fabuleuse d’un gardien de troupeaux mongol confronté à son destin de shaman. Lorsqu’une épidémie dévaste le pays, tous les animaux sont tués et les nomades sont délocalisés de force dans les villes minières. Il découvre par la suite que cette épidémie était en fait un stratagème pour éradiquer leur style de vie.


Title Khadak
Original title Khadak
Original language Mongolian
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 2006


Cast Batzuul Khayankhyarvaa, Tsetsege Byamba, Banzar Damchaa, Dulamsuren Dagvadorj
Photography Rimvydas Leipus
Editing Nico Leunen
Music Michel Schöpping and Altan Urag

Technical specs

Running time film 104'
Release format 35mm
Colour Colour


Supported by

VAF, CCA, MBB, MDM, NFF, ZDF/ARTE, VRT, NPS, Telenet, MEDIA, Cine Partners Belgium Two


2010: Febiofest International Film Festival Prague (CZE) / Belgische Filmcyclus Filmoteca Española in Spanje (ESP) / European Film Festival of Amman (JOR) / Etnia Film Festival (FIN) / Festival Du Cinéma Belge (BE)


2008: Special Mention / Photography Prize (Avanca - International Meeting Of Cinema, Tv, Video And Multimedia)

2007: Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead (Asian Festival of First Films ) / Golden Aphrodite / BEST COSTUMES / BEST ART DIRECTOR / BEST MUSICAL SCORE / BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY / BEST DIRECTOR (Cyprus International Film Festival ) / Special Mention Prize by the ECUMENICAL jury (International Film Festival Bratislava) / Fipresci Prijs (Oslo International Film Festival) / Special Jury Award SILVER TAIGA (SPIRIT OF FIRE International Debut Film Festival )

2006: Honourable Mention for the Swarovski Cultural Innovation (Toronto International Film Festival) / Luigi De Laurentiis Award (Venice Days)

Brosens & Woodworth trilogy reaches number 35

The Fifth Season, the latest instalment in the trilogy directed by Belgian-American duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, has won the Special Jury Award at the Denver Film Festival (6-17 November), a mere week after the film also won in France. The new award marks the 35th international adornment for the ensemble KhadakAltiplano, and The Fifth Season.

The Fifth SeasonIn its jury report, the Denver jury accorded the Special Jury Award to The Fifth Season because of its ‘visionary creation of an imaginary, yet vivid and fully realised world inspired by our current sociological and environmental challenges’.

Published on Friday 22 November 2013

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Director Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens
Producers Peter Brosens
Writers Jessica Woodworth, Peter Brosens

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