Out of the Corner

A film by Maria Kirpichenko,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 27min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2012

The film gives the opportunity to see several women from Russia who are engaged in boxing on the highest level of the National Women’s Boxing Team. We follow them in different places and tasks and become acquainted with their strong personalities. Women’s boxing and “traditional” Russian society seem to oppose each other but when we get closer stereotypes gradually vanish, though they remain at the formal (state) level. Main heroes of the film: Anastasia Zapolskaya (Makarova), Serafima Makarova, Lubov Pashina. The action takes place in Karelia (North of Russia), Krasnoarmeisk (boxing training camp near Moscow), Novosibirsk (Russia Women’s Boxing Championship, Siberia), Anapa (boxing training camp, South of Russia). The film is not about boxing itself but about women who dared to enter the “male domain” (going out of the corner) and still try to fit into the traditional gender roles (putting them(selves) into boxes).

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Yerv of the Tundra

A film by Zoia Ravna,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 32min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2002

Somebody is born to follow the wind—somebody to fight. A group of Nenets reindeer herders once decided to opt-out from the collective system. Do they manage to do it? How? This is the history of the organisation of private reindeer owners “Yerv”, their life and struggle in the difficult natural and social conditions of the Russian Arctic.

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No Terminal!

A film by Vadim Lichatchev,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 46min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2003

The film is a chronicle of a few weeks struggle conducted by a small group of eco-activists supported by Cossacks and locals, against the construction of an ammonia-terminal by the chemical corporation TogliattiAzot. No Terminal! was the slogan on banners near the protest camp and posters, appealing for protests in the small village of Taman on the cost of the Black sea. Blockades of office, arrests, hunger strikes, demonstrations, and protest meetings are a part of the daily life of the eco-activists, contrasted by the quiet resort life in the area where the Cossack’s celebration takes place.

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Light as Steam

A film by Leonid Savelyev,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 32min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2014

The film will acquaint the viewer with the modern practice of the ancient tradition of the Russian bath and tell about the non-ordinary emotional experience of its practitioners. Four men, very old friends from different places of Russia, of various kinds of professions, incomes, and family statuses come to a rural isolated farmstead inside of venerable coniferous forest to a small village in the northeast of Leningrad Region. They come here once or twice a month to take a Russian bath, smell a free river wind, and listen to the music of the forest and feel its calmness. Far away from busy city streets inside the picturesque pinery, there is a small wooden house – real Russian banya, which is waiting for them.

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Childhood Burnt by War

A film by Oxana Vasilchikova,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 26min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2011

Childhood burnt by war explores evocations of memories of the people, who had experienced World War II (the Great Patriotic War) in different parts of the Soviet Union in their early childhood. The film is shot in Arkhangelsk, North-Western Russia, where Galina and Slava Lebedevy established an organization named “Children burnt by war”, putting as their main aim the transmission of their knowledge to the young generations. Being dedicated to their common task during 10 years of hard work within the organization they achieved a lot. Showing social activities deeply intertwined in their daily life, the film reveals the beauty of people’s relationships with each other. Strong personalities with vulnerable souls create their own history where the war will always remain an inevitable part.

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Autumn on Ob River

A film by Janno Simm,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 46min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2003

Near the mouth of Ob River in North-Western Siberia live the northernmost families of 22500 Khanty people. In conditions of a harsh polar environment and post-Soviet unpredictability, coping is a challenge. Like many of their neighbors – kinsmen, the Tobolko family is a part of a fishing brigade. To survive, when pay is scarce and even that has not been paid for months, they employ the traditional economical model of Arctic, where hunting and reindeer herding add value to fishing activities. The film follows the autumnal activity of a Khanty fisherman family: end of main fishing season – moving over to winter settlement, hunting, and reindeer herding activities. There is a story about “indigenous accountancy”- a unique balance system between fishing and reindeer herding Khanty, knowledge of fishing and hunting grounds…

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Across Troubled Water

A film by Petia Mankova,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 29min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2000

The film is about the everyday life in Krasnoschelye, an isolated village in the heart of the tundra on Kola peninsula (North-West Russia) and how the local eople experience the political and economic reforms of the last ten years.

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The Herders of Mongun-Taiga

A film by John Sheppard,
Anthropologist: Caroline Humphrey,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 50min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1989

A Disappearing World film crew was permitted to film the nomadic yak-herders of Mongun-Taiga, or `sacred wilderness’, a rugged district on the border with Mongolia. The film looks at the methods the herders use to protect their children from destructive spirits. The opportunities for modern Soviet life which attract many young people are countered by the pull of an independent Mongolia, which is much closer to the Tuvinians in culture and way of life. Part of what makes this film interesting is the film-makers’ admission of the material they were not able to obtain.

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Siberia Through Siberian Eyes

A film by Mark Badger, Asen Balicki,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 51min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1992

A Visual Anthropology training seminar for a group of native-Siberian cultural activists was established in the village of Kazim (northwest Siberia) where the Khanty inhabitants are attempting to re-establish their ethnic identity which was suppressed during the Soviet policy of centralization. The resulting video was edited from the films produced by the students during their training and broadcast as a television program in Siberia, Canada, and the US.

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