ROKO BELIC started his filmmaking life in third grade with his brother Adrian when their friend Christopher Nolan (“Memento”) borrowed a super-8 movie camera from his parents. Heavily influenced by Star Wars, the young team experimented with special effects and the surreality of film. Later, because the knob on his family’s single television had broken off (and his mother used a wrench to lock the TV to the local PBS channel), Roko became enchanted with programs that allowed him to explore the world around him.
In 1989 Belic enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara and majored in studio art. He studied Russian, Swahili, and Arabic languages. He took a year and half hiatus during the middle of his term to work and then travel around the world. His feature film debut, GENGHIS BLUES‚ about a blind blues musician’s journey to the lost land of Tuva‚ earned an Oscar nomination.
ADRIAN BELIC graduated from the University of Southern California in 1993, with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations. At USC he continued his filmmaking in and out of the classroom.
After graduating from college, Adrian completed a short stint as the director of the Ecology Information Center in Santa Monica. Following this, Adrian traveled and worked with various producers and shooting projects on his own around the world. His work has been seen on CNN International, Sky Television, KRON 4, and World Youth News. The culmination of these experiences was the creation of Wadi Rum Productions with his brother Roko. GENGHIS BLUES is the first film to come out of that collaboration. “We tried to use the most significant aspect of a documentary — a true story — and not treat it like an anthropological study. The story is told through the eyes of two extraordinary characters: Paul Pena and Kongar-ol Ondar. It’s a story of their dreams, struggles, self-discovery, triumphs, and friendship. On top of it all we had a location that most people didn’t believe existed — a new and dramatically stunning world.”