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When you emigrate, you rediscover yourself: Enki’s story

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I recently had the privilege of immersing myself in the filming of a documentary chronicling the journey of Enkhbayar Bulgan, an immigrant who embarked on a new life in Ireland after winning Big Brother Mongolia 2021. In this feature, I take you behind the scenes of the preparation and filming process, giving you an insight into the passion, dedication and creativity that went into bringing Enkhbayar’s story to life on screen.

Preparing for the journey

Before a single frame was shot, meticulous planning and preparation laid the groundwork for the documentary project.

As a filmmaker, I immersed myself in research to gain a thorough understanding of Enkhbayar’s background, motivations and aspirations.

This groundwork allowed me to approach the project with sensitivity, empathy and a clear vision of the story I wanted to tell.

Working closely with Enkhbayar to build trust, rapport and ensure his comfort and agreement throughout the filming process, collaboration played a crucial role in the preparation phase.

Together we discussed the themes, narrative arc and key moments that would shape the documentary, aligning our visions and creative goals to create a cohesive and authentic portrait of his journey.

Shooting the story.

Armed with a camera, a microphone and a lot of determination the shoot began, capturing the emotions, challenges and triumphs of Enkhbayar’s experience as an immigrant in Ireland. From the bustling city streets to the serene beach landscapes of Bray, Co. Wiklow, each location served as a backdrop for Enkhbayar’s narrative, adding depth and richness to the story.

The filming process was a dynamic and collaborative effort. Both the story’s protagonist and I were in contact with each other in order to fit in with our busy schedules. Whether preparing for shots, conducting interviews or overcoming unforeseen challenges, our collective passion and dedication drove our efforts to produce a convincing and engaging documentary.

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Enkhbayar’s Story

Enkhbayar’s story is one of courage and resilience.
After winning Big Brother Mongolia 2021, he made the brave decision to leave the familiarity of his homeland and embark on a new adventure in Ireland.

From the start, Enkhbayar’s journey was fraught with challenges, from dealing with cultural differences to overcoming language barriers. But through it all, he remained steadfast in his quest for personal growth and professional fulfilment.

One of the most compelling aspects of Enkhbayar’s journey is his dual career as a fitness model and full-time barista. Despite the demands of both roles, Enkhbayar approaches each day with unwavering dedication and passion.

Whether posing for the camera or motivating his instagram followers with a smile, Enkhbayar’s commitment to excellence shines through in every aspect of his work.

Join me for a little more of Enki’s story, a singular journey, one that you can relate to.

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