Schedule of films + speakers

Join us for five days full of festival goodness April 24 - 28, 2013. All screenings will take place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

Screening DateSaturday, April 27 at 9pm

Mongolian Bling

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 failed democracy, and a dying ancient culture that the elders mourn the loss of.  While many artists still aspire to the West, a handful are using hip hop to try and salvage their country’s flailing democracy, and bringing Mongolia’s rich musical history into their modern beats and rhymes.

year:         2012
country:    Mongolia, Australia
director:    Benj Binks
length:      90 min

Co-presented by ION Magazine.

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Benj Binks - Director
Having travelled the world for the last 10 years, Director Benj Binks has expanded on his passion for relating stories - through photography, writing, and more recently film. Since 2006, Benj has worked on various film assignments as cameraman, director, and editor whilst pursuing his own projects. He conceived Mongolian Bling in 2007 and is the main creative force in bringing it to life. Benj's passion and energy are infectious, his communication skills have ensured that the team remained on track, and his culinary prowess meant that no one was hungry on those cold Mongolian nights.