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Mongolian Bling follows hip hop's journey into ancient Mongolia, & reveals a world of youth searching for identity thru beats & rhymes.

Mongolia? Hip hop? WTF?!

That’s right - this is a film about Mongolian hip hop. Well, it’s actually a film based around hip hop, but it goes far beyond that. Over the five years we have been working on the film, I’ve really gotten to know Mongolia - both the traditional life of nomads and herders, and the modern life that most Mongolians lead. Here’s how we explain the film on our flyer;

Forget about nomads and monks! It’s hip hop that’s making Mongolia move in the 21st century. Mongolian Bling jumps into the thriving music scene in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and follows stars as they rap nationwide with their bitches, cars, and jewels.  But beyond this bling lies a dying ancient culture in a country struggling to find a new identity. While many rappers still aspire to the West, a handful can hear the wisdom of their elders, and are using hip hop to try and salvage their country’s flailing democracy by bringing Mongolia’s rich musical history into their modern beats and rhymes.

One of the main themes in the film is identity; what does it mean to be Mongolian for the youth of the country in 2011.

Quiza is one of the most recognised rappers in the country. His political messages have given him a loyal older audience and while he often copies American musical trends, he now feels like his music needs more depth and is trying to incorporate traditional music into his rap.

In the Ger Districts surrounding the city lives Gee. Six foot tall and tattooed, his messages of everyday life has given him a huge following of youth living around him in slum-like conditions. Believing that Quiza has sold out to commercialism, he tries to keep hip hop ‘true’, but in doing so, he has to balance his nationalism and love of western hip hop.

At 23, Gennie is busy juggling work, study, motherhood and trying to break into the male dominated hip hop world.  Living with her husband and child, she’s determined to be heard and is on track to fulfil her dream of being the first female Mongolian rapper.

These hip hop artists are joined by traditional musicians, shamans, young kids rapping and everyday Mongolians, all of whom help paint a picture of modern Mongolia. There is some incredible footage and great sounds that we can’t wait to show you.

What’s been done?

All the filming has been done. We’ve spent two minus 30˚C winters, as well as a month of summer filming in Mongolia and have all the interviews and footage. We’ve also created a one hour version of the film which will be screened on the ABC next year. We have a team who have been working together for the last couple of years and are ready to get stuck into the feature length version.

What has to be done?

We now have to create a feature length version. This is the story WE want to tell, not the story that has to be 56 minutes for the TV station. With the sale of the story to the ABC, we know that it’s going to be successful, so we’re making the feature length version for film festivals and DVD.

There are lots of things to still do, but some of the places your pledges will be used include;

  • Editing (putting the story together in the edit studio)
  • Coloring (making all the colours look great and correct for different screens)
  • Creating a 5.1 Dolby mix (making all the sounds the right volume and creating a surround sound mix of them)
  • Creating an original soundtrack for the film
  • Getting clearance on archival footage
  • Getting the rights to the film’s music
  • Creating screener copies of the film for film festivals
  • Creating DVD’s for you!
  • Publicity of the film around the world and online

How can I tell my mum about this?

We’d love you to ‘like’ our FACEBOOK PAGE, and share it with people you think might be interested. Also, check out our WEBSITE where we have a trailer, blog and more info. When the film is completed, we’ll be relaunching the website with trailers, character bios and a ton of information which will make it THE place to go for everything Mongolian hip hop.

Can you show us some of the rewards?

Sure! We still have to make some of them such as the DVD and the BOOK, but here are a few that we have or are working on.

Here are some old shots of the MONGOLIAN BLING T-SHIRTS. We are planning fitted one for ladies this time, and in more colours.

Check out the TRADITIONAL RAP PAINTINGS! Here are two examples by Dashka and Anz, two Mongolian artists.

Check out our LOGO! yeah, we love it too.


Here is a working version of the MONGOLIAN BLING POSTCARD that we are working on. There will be set featuring all the stars from the film.

Thanks!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter campaign. My entire life has been based around this film for the last five years, and it’s so exciting to be so close to completion.

If you want to help make this film a reality, please back the project!

Benj Binks

Writer | Director

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    You get a SHOUT OUT ON THE MONGOLIAN BLING FACEBOOK PAGE, we’ll send you our newsletter and you’ll get access to an exclusive thank you video from the film’s director and crew. Yeah!

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    Drop $30 and you’ll be one of the first people to get the MONGOLIAN BLING DVD as well as our newsletter, a shout out and the thanks video. Double yeah!

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    Stop people in the street with your MONGOLIAN BLING T-SHIRT. You’ll also get the DVD, our newsletter, a shout out and the thanks video. Sounds pretty cool huh?

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    Tell your friends about the bling with a set of MONGOLIAN BLING POSTCARDS, made by Mongolia’s first graffiti artist, Anz and featuring the stars of the film. You also get the t-shirt, DVD, newsletter, a shout out and the thanks video. Now you’re getting there.

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    Decorate your wall with a TRADITIONAL RAP PAINTING. Copying a main theme in the film, the artwork blends traditional and street art. The traditional paintings have been created by Mongolian artist, Dashka, and then been graffitied by Anz, Mongolia’s first graffiti artist. You also get everything up there and we’ll even throw in some Mongolian stamps for a laugh.

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    YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! That’s right, you’ll see your name under Special Thanks on the credits of the feature version of the film. And with your t-shirt, DVD, postcards and paintings, you can grin with pride to know that you really made a difference.

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    Spice up your coffee table with the limited edition MONGOLIAN BLING BOOK, complete with behind the scene photos and stories about the making of Mongolian Bling. You’ll also get a Skype or phone call from one of the crew where you can ask any questions you want about the production. With the book on your coffee table and everything mentioned above, your friends will be literally lining up at your door.

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    Freshen up your music collection with a set of TEN MONGOLIAN CD's. We’ve travelled far beyond the boundaries of iTunes and will send you a collection of traditional and modern Mongolian music, including artists that appear on the film and some of our personal favourite albums. Cause you’re awesome, you’ll also get a POSTER OF THE FILM and everything else above.

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    A place on the MONGOLIAN BLING TOUR and tickets to the MONGOLIAN PREMIERE in AUGUST 2012. A two week tour of Mongolia, with the film’s director Benj Binks who first heard Mongolian hip hop whilst working there as a tour leader. Meet the stars of the film, see the sights and walk the red carpet of the Mongolian premiere of the film with the cast and crew. The trip starts and finishes in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You just have to get yourself there with a bag and some travel insurance and we’ll take care of the rest. Thank you. You’re now Mongolian Bling royalty, and will be treated accordingly. Champagne?

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