Eight-year-old Chasuna lives in a yurt on the barren, endless steppe. She leads a simple nomadic life with her mother, a horse, and a dog. When Chasuna travels to a large industrial city to visit her father on his birthday, she discovers that he has married a Chinese woman. Chinese, rather than Chasuna’s native Mongolian, is spoken, and alcohol flows abundantly. Chasuna has to accept the fact that her father lives in a new world that is foreign to her.

  • Filmschool: New York University

  • Duration: 12 Min.

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tags: Family, Childhood, Culture, Feature Film

Cast: Chasuna, Fala Chen, Tungalag, Tuoya


Screenplay: Yuan Yuan

Director of Photography: Joewi Verhoeven

Film Editor: Yuan Yuan

Composer: Lu Wang

Production Designer: Yixuan Tong

Costume Design: Connie Leung

Sound: Kun Chen

Producer: Yuan Yuan, Meng Fei

Production Company: New York University

Co-Producer: Hu Mingjue

Director: Yuan Yuan


Yuan Yuan was born and raised in China. She is currently studying screenwriting and directing at New York University under Ang Lee. After completing her bachelor’s degree in film directing at the Shanghai Theater Academy, she worked in script development for Academy Award-winning producer Bill Kong. In 2019, HEADING SOUTH earned her the America Student Film Award from the Directors Guild of America. She is currently working on her first feature film, for which she has received a Spike Lee Production Grant.


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