On August 4 to November 10, Mongolian cinematographer Byamba Sakhya traveled to the United States to participate in the Iowa Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa. With a body of work that includes short films and documentaries which highlight human freedom, dignity and other values, Byamba is renowned amongst Mongolian and international cinematographers. He is also a co-founder of the Guru Media, a production company based in Mongolia.
Through IWP program, Byamba spent 10 weeks in residence at the University of Iowa in Iowa City presenting their work to local audiences, working with student translators, and attending and teaching workshops. During travel to six cities and five states, he partook in seminars such as “Bard Seminar” by the Bard Early College in New Orleans, LA and discussions led by groups like the Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME.
Byamba participated in a “Writers on Film” panel by the Iowa City Public Library and discussed issues related with contemporary screen adaptations, screenwriting manuals and theoretical studies of screenplay as a genre. IWP film series “Cinematheque” featured Byamba’s film “Passion” and organized a follow-up discussion with him.
Byamba noted, “The residency program gives a unique opportunity to meet the world’s emerging and established writers and share our ideas and thoughts, artistic and life experiences. At the same time, this residency created direct communications with diverse local communities: scholars, artists, students, and ordinary citizens.”
IWP is a global forum renowned for uniting foreign literary stars including screenwriters, multi-media platform writers, and influential thought leaders. To learn more about IWP, click here.