original title: Molokane
2018, 76 min., color, Russian
DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY : Visual anthropology / Ethnography
COUNTRIES: Russia, Azerbaijan
Producers : Dmitry Frolov, Saglara Tyurbeeva
FESTIVALS: Međunarodni festival etnološkog filma 2019, Festival international de Film du Nancy 2019, Golden Apricot 2019
Director Saglara Tyurbeeva, cameraman Sergey Karelin and sound director Polina Demina immersed themselves in the creative process. The crew was met by a hospitable Azerbaijan that demonstrated an unprecedented cordiality and provided ideal conditions for laborious work.
A mystifying and haunting score composed by Moscow-based musician KP Transmission, or Karina Kazaryan subtly echoes throughout the duration of teaser.
PRIDE AND PAIN. THE GIFT OF AN ENDANGERED PEOPLE
Nestled in the hills of Transcaucasia, and entirely preserved in time, there are several villages founded by the Molokans – a Russian sect of Christians. They were exiled to the mountain Azerbaijani region of Kabristan by Czar Nicholas I in the 1830s. The Molokans now have all but become extinct. The remaining settlers now lack a succeeding generation to whom they could pass on their original traditions, and the film intends to make it possible for the local Molokans to reproduce their history for their descendants sprawled across the world. The film discovers the traces of hidden life left in Kabristan, while simultaneously unveiling the present-day lives of the locals.