Their ancestral home, they believe Dzungaria (steppe district in the Northwest of modern China).
The ancestors of Kalmyks participated in the conquests of Genghis Khan.
As a result of internecine wars Empire of the Mongols collapsed, the Kalmyks have created their own state: Dzhungar khanate.
In the XVI century, part of the Kalmyk people migrated to Siberia, and from there, after signing in 1608 of the agreement on voluntary entry into Russia, the Kalmyks came to the area between the Volga and the don.
Honor the warrior, honor of the kind - for centuries these concepts have determined the code of conduct of the Kalmyks, has shaped their national mentality.
Courageous warriors and great horsemen, Kalmyks fought for the victory of Russian arms in the campaigns of Peter I, and in the war against Napoleon Kalmyk Cossack regiments carried their flags to the Louvre.
During the Civil war they formed the backbone of the famous 2nd cavalry army, and in the Great Patriotic 9 Kalmyks became heroes of the Soviet Union.
Four centuries of lives the people in Russia, however, know about it all.
In the history of inter-ethnic relations in the USSR was much bitter, and the forced migration of peoples is one of the most tragic pages.
Small Kalmyk nation was scattered in the vast area from the Urals to the Pacific ocean, there is no Kalmyk family who would not have lost loved ones.
The millstones of terror is destroying thousands of lives, destroyed half of the people, but was powerless against truth and history.
People are alive, alive as his memory of his experiences, but Kalmyks do not hold a grudge on anyone.
Like Buddhists they believe that the path to happiness is not the way of anger and resentment, and the desire for love and compassion.
The film stars the President of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Russian state Duma Deputy Alexandra buratayeva, hero of the Soviet Union Valery Ochirov, poet David Kugultinov, the artist Dmitry Sandzhiev.
Ilyumzhinov K. N. -- Russian statesman and political figure, head of the Kalmykia Republic (1993-2010), entrepreneur. Buratayeva M. A. -- TV presenter, public and political figure. Ochirov V. N. -- Lieutenant-General of aviation of the army, hero of the Soviet Union, chief consultant of the Minister of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Kugultinov D. N. - People's poet of the Kalmyk ASSR, WWII veteran, Hero of Socialist Labor. Sanjeev D. N. -- member of the Russian Academy of arts, people's artist of the Russian Federation.
Locations: Moscow  Republic of Kalmykia