The Land of Udehe

The history of ethnographic cinema in Russia is full of great names, heroic pathways, and classic films. The pioneers of the genre –the ethnographer Vladimir Arsenyev and the filmmaker Aleksandr  Litvinov– made a series
 of films about peoples of the Far East in the 1920–30s (“Forest People”, “Tumgu”, “Chzou”, etc.). The “Land of Udehe” filmed in the places of Arsenyev’s and Litvinov’s cinematic expeditions 80 years later. This film, as the modern cine-research of the traditional culture of Udehe, takes us into the spiritual world of this ethnic community/indigenous people of the Far East of Russia. According to the census of 2010, their population dropped to 1,490 souls…

Ivan Golovnev

Ivan Golovnev was born in 1978. He graduated from the Omsk State University, History department. In 2002 he finished college at the Sverdlovsk Film Studio in Ekaterinburg, department of directors of cinema and TV. In 2005 — he finished the Highest Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow, department of film directors. He holds a PhD in Ethnology from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Russian Academy of Science. Winner and participant in international film festivals and film projects.