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The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock

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Year of participation 2012
Program Documentary Competition

The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock
Producer(s) Aleksei Vakhrushev
Director(s) Aleksei Vakhrushev
Script Aleksei Vakhrushev
Director of Photography Vyacheslav Makaryev
Sound Julia Trofimenko
Edit Julia Trofimenko
Production company(-ies) High Latitudes ltd. Sel`skokhozyaistvennaya Str. 11/3 129226, Moscow, Russia
 

Synopsis

It’s noon and -37C on Chukotka peninsula. A blistering wind slices across the tundra. In the magnificent landscape of Russia’s Arctic Circle, just across the Bering Strait from Alaska, 72-year-old patriarch Vukvukai leads his Indigenous Chukchi family in caring for their herd of 14,000 reindeer. Living in isolation except for their wind-up radio and occasional visits from traders, the family depends on their reindeer for food, shelter and clothing... The Tundra Book provides a rare and stunning glimpse into a world still intertwined with the oldest rhythms of life.

Awards
Best Documentary, Nike Awards by the National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia, 2011; Best feature-length film, Critique Prize, The Prize of All Russian State Film Archive, All Russian Documentary Open FF "Russia", Yekaterinburg, 2011; Audience Prize, Main Prize in “Faces of Russia” nomination, All Russian Documentary FF "Meeting with Russia", Verkhoturye, 2011; Best Documentary, National Documentary and TV Award "Golden Laurel", 2011; Best Documentary, National Film Critics Award "White Elephant", 2011

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