THE BOOK OF THE SEA
Russia 2018 • 85 min
Producer: High Latitudes Ltd
Country of shooting: Russia
In the frigid waters of Russia’s Bering Strait, Inuit and Chukchi hunters still seek out the giant sea mammals that sustained their people since time immemorial. Life meets myth as a new generation of hunters sets out to sea to hunt the whales, walruses, and seals that have tied them to these remote shores since the beginning of time. The contemporary story of elders Alexander and Alexei blends seamlessly with that of “the woman who gave birth to a whale” and other ancient myths, told here in vivid animation, in this ongoing struggle for survival and preservation of a traditional lifestyle in one of the most remote places on earth.
Aleksei Vakhrushev was born in Anadyr (Chukotka) in 1969. He graduated from All Russian Cinematography Institute in 1996, where he studied direction. One of his works, The Tundra Book (2011), was recipient of the prestigious NIKE award of the Russian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for ‘Best Documentary of the Year’ and was screened at numerous festivals around the world. Aleksei has been a member of the Russian Academy of Science’s since the early 2000s. For five incredible years, he and his crew produced a Russian National Geographic series for the Russian Channel 1. At the same time, he continued to develop and produce his own independent documentary projects. Since 2009, Aleksei has been at the helm of his own production company, High Latitudes, Ltd., which continues to focus on the indigenous peoples of the North.