chapter  3
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New Beginnings: Patriotism, Propaganda and Professional Music

The Mongolian government established a film industry in the mid-1930s, which operated at first under the close guidance of the Soviet Union. Soviet film and music practitioners trained Mongolians in the arts of filmmaking and composition; meanwhile, the brand new solitary Mongolian film studio produced its first silent films and films scored by Russian composers. The intention behind the establishment of the film industry was to disseminate propaganda to the populace, and by the 1940s, Mongolian filmmakers had gained enough initial experience to produce patriotic films infused with socialist ideology, including films that helped install Sükhbaatar as a new national hero.