KAMCHATKA, A YEAR IN THE LAND OF THE EVENS
Director(s): Mike MAGIDSON – Writer(s): Mike MAGIDSON, Nastassja MARTIN Contact
In the winter of 2018, Mike Magidson, a filmmaker from California, and Nastassja Martin, a French anthropologist, first travelled to Kamchatka – Nastassja’s field of research - with the intention of making a film on "other lives than ours”, the lives of the Even in the forest of east Kamchatka.
For a month and a half, they shared the life of the family of Daria, an Even woman who, in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union, decided to return to live in the forest to regain her autonomy.
After a very long ride on snowmobiles, they arrive in Tvaian, a hunting camp far from any motorized tracks, where Daria lives with her two sons, cut off from all means of communication.
This is the story of their experience, as they attempt to share in Daria’s "newfound freedom" in the forest… this sense of being able to be your own person again after being crushed by the “Soviet steamroller”...
Mike and Nastassja return to a very different Kamchatka in the summer of 2019 for a second film. Happy to meet up with Daria in luxuriant green nature and surrounded by her extended family clan who’ve come to visit for the summer...
KAMCHATKA part 1 - WINTER WITH THE EVENS
KAMCHATKA part 2 - SUMMER WITH THE EVENS