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Itelmen Stories (2010)

Original title: Itelmeeni lood

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Documentary Duration 68:58

A touching documentary by Liivo Niglas about a disappearing nation and language. Only three hundred years ago the Itelmen nation inhabitated the river valleys on Kamchatka Peninsula. Due to epidemics and colonial politices the number of Itelmens was drastically decreased; native language was spoken only in a few villages. Today, about 1400 people consider themselves as Itelmens. The main sources of subsistence for Itelmens is fishing and hunting fur-bearing animals. Until 20th century sables were hunted with a net. Two Itelmen hunters commence a long journey through former Itelmen settlement territories in order to restore the ancient hunting technique. Their ...

Director: Liivo Niglas

Keywords: anthropologist | mother tongue | Itelmens | hunting dog | telling hunting stories | hunters | hunting hut | fisherman | hunting | hopelessness | View all »

Photos and Galleries (5)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) MP DOC
Film Category Antropological, Documentary
Subtitles English, Estonian
Duration 68:58


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Producer Liivo Niglas | David Koester
Director Liivo Niglas
Screenwriter Liivo Niglas
Cinematographer Liivo Niglas
Sound Designer Liivo Niglas
Editor Liivo Niglas | Marju Juhkum

First releases

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  • in cinema: 25.03.1010, Athena Keskus, Tartu, Estonia
  • on television: 4.05.2011, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, International Festival of Ethnological Film (Belgrad, Serbia), 2011, Grand Prix

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm