MIDDLEBURY — Sas Carey, an internationally award-winning filmmaker and longtime resident of Middlebury, returns to the Town Hall Theater on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. for a pre-release screening of her latest film, Transition.
For twenty-five years, Carey has documented the traditional life of Mongolian nomadic reindeer herders, she has even ridden their reindeer.
In 2009 she founded Nomadicare, a non-profit organization aiming to help and preserve traditional Mongolian nomadic culture through healthcare, films, and stories.
With her grandson Dune Mayberger recording sound for the latest documentary, she turns to the topic of how lifeways are changing.
One hundred years ago all Mongolians were nomadic herders, and today only one-third of them are.
Transition explores that transformation through the lens of one person’s life.
The documentary follows Khongoroo, a 27-year old medical doctor, dealing with what it means to remain in Ulaanbaatar’s capital, a city of 1.5 million, that has opportunities the countryside does not.
She misses the beautiful but remote East Taiga, where two-dozen families live in a tight-knit community.
Khongoroo must also decide whether to risk the health of her three-year-old daughter in the polluted capital or to send her to her grandmother.
Transition was filmed in Mongolia, with an international production team from Poland, New York City, Mongolia, Iceland, and Vermont.
Though the movie will not be officially released until next year, Carey shares this pre-release screening with her community, as a way of thanking many here who have helped make it possible.