Together with photographer and film-maker Christian Vagt I visited Khanty and Nenets friends in Siberia in 2007. Now the result is online as a short film. For the indigenous Khanty and Nenets in the block houses and nomad tents near the Western Siberian oil fields, stories of the dead, of spirits and ghosts are a living tradition. They’re a way of encountering fear, evil, and harm. Individual experience and folklore mix in the accounts of reindeer breeders Josif Kechimov and Yuri Vella and linguist Agrafena Pesikova. The film mounts in her analysis reflecting the contrast of indigenous and Western culture and the resistance against the intrusion into the belief of the natives.
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