On the distant steppes of Mongolia, using only simple tools, strength and ingenuity, a nomad builds a home much the way his ancestors have for the past one thousand years. Mujaan (The Craftsman) is a vivid window to a disappearing way of life in a pristine wilderness.
Best Documentary – Kansas City Filmmakers’ Jubilee, 2005
Special Jury Prize – Trento Festival di Montagne, 2005
Best Short Documentary – Montréal First Peoples’ Festival, 2005
Jury’s Choice Award – Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Fest, 2007
Four Stars (Highest Rating). 'An utterly fascinating glimpse into a way of life that very few Americans will ever have the opportunity to experience firsthand. With the help of a glorious, simple soundtrack, what we observe on the screen almost takes on a mystical, hypnotic quality. Christopher McKee has done a beautiful, beautiful job. Worthy of Oscar consideration.'
Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio
'This is a beautiful film of rural life in Mongolia. Carefully-constructed and thoughtfully paced, it really conveys the essence of what is today almost an ideal - the herding family's calm existence.'
Professor Caroline Humphrey, Cambridge University, UK
'I was mesmerized by the artistry of McKee's technique and the way he used the various elements to tell his story, the story of building a shelter against the coming winds, a family's home made from materials at hand, a home that can be taken down and moved as the herds move to new grass, and put up again, the centerpiece of a nomadic way of life that has existed for millennia, a way of life that will soon be gone...captured on film.'
Dennis Littrell, Amazon.com