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.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
High Latitudes ltd. Sel`skokhozyaistvennaya Str. 11/3 129226, Moscow, Russia
Graduated from All Russian State Cinematography Institute (VGIK, Moscow), where he studied Direction, in 1996. Worked as a director and script writer at Film-M Studio, Moscow (1996 - 2000), at Ethno-Online Production Company, as Head of the Center of Audiovisual Anthropology of IEA RAS (PhD Dissertation on the Culture of Marine Mammal Hunting of Chukotka Peninsula Natives (Chukchi and Yupik Peoples), 2000 - 2008. Since 2008 he is the owner, producer, director and scriptwriter of High Latitudes ltd.
Birds of Naukan (1996), The Island (2001), Chukotka’s Cossacks (2003), The Walrus Tusk Chronicles (2004), Hunters of Cold Shores (2005), Miracles Factory – Russian Animation (2005-2008, TV Series), Peoples of Russia – The Indigenous of Russian Federation (2006-2007, TV Series,), Welcome to Enurmino! (2008), Robert, Alla, Time…(2009), The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock (2011), The See Book (2015), The See Book. Full version (2018)