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God Johogoi

original title: Johogoi Aiyy

2016, 60 min., b/w, Russian-Yakut

Asia dance ethnography folklore music native peoples postdoc psychedelic ritual tradition universe visual anthropology

DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES : Postdoc, Visual anthropology / Ethnography
PRODUCTION : BUDGET : 4 200 euro



Pavel Chenyanov, Alya Poiseyeva


Director : Screenplay : Sergey Potapov, Zhanna Skryabina
Cinematographer : Semyon Amanatov, Iskander Ivanov, Evgeny Osipov, Vadim Skryabin
Producers : Zhanna Skryabina


FESTIVALSFirst Peoples’ Festival PRÉSENCE (Canada, MONTRÉAL 2017), Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival (London, 2017), Berlinale 2017 – NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema


Every year the Sakha people celebrate the festival of summer – Ysekh. This ethnic holiday celebrates the Aiyy deities and the revival of nature; it embraces ritual prayers, plenty of rich food and koumiss, dancing, folk games, and horse races.

Jehegey Aiyy is a serene deity worshipped by people. Jehegey gave horses to humans, and now is the heavenly patron of horse raising. In the majority of recorded songs and legends Jehegey is a male creature, but in some of them it has feminine gender and is called sylgy aiyhyta. According to legends it sometimes appears to people as a loudly neighing light-colored stallion.

It is a story about a boy called Jehegey, who came to Ysekh on his horse from a distant ulus. Jehegey is innocent as a child, and pure as a mountain stream. It is his first time to a large national holiday. Here he will meet different people, see amazing horses and games for the strong in spirit, hear delightful singing. And it is here, at the Ysekh, where he will meet the one who seems to have emerged from his dreams…