KAMCHATKA, A YEAR IN THE LAND OF THE EVENS
Director(s): Mike MAGIDSON – Writer(s): Mike MAGIDSON, Nastassja MARTIN Contact
Nastassja Martin, a French anthropologist, together with Mike Magidson, a filmmaker from California, travelled to Kamchatka – Nastassja’s field of research - with the intention of making a film on "lives that are different from ours”: the lives of a clan of Even people in the forest of east Kamchatka. For a month and a half, in the midst of winter, they shared the life of the family of Daria, an Even woman, who had decided to return to live in the forest to regain her autonomy after the fall of the Soviet Union.
After a very long ride on snowmobiles, Natassja and Mike arrived in Tvaian, a hunting camp far from any motorized tracks, where Daria lives with her two sons, cut off from all means of communication.
They experience 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 decide the following summer to return to a very different Kamchatka for a second film in luxuriant green nature and surrounded by Daria’s 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