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Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan

Director Robert H. Lieberman’s Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan tracks Mongolian culture from the days of Genghis Khan to the 21st century. Vast landscapes once ruled by Khan are now home to those carrying on his nomadic traditions as statues cement his place in the nation’s history. Part historical documentary, part cultural deep-dive, the film, written by Deborah C. Hoard, guides viewers into centuries-old practices and how new generations preserve them.

Like a visual companion or spiritual sequel to The Secret History of the Mongols (the oldest surviving work written in the Mongolian language), the film draws clear connections between the once colossal empire and modern Mongolia. It discusses Khan’s complex legacy of conquest with his lesser-known commitments to religious tolerance and women’s education. Lieberman highlights similarities between the virtues of Khan and the philosophies of those still…

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