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Christ Lives in Siberia (2015)

Original title: Kristus elab Siberis

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Documentary Duration 85:40

The charismatic religious leader Vissarion lives in an isolated Siberian village and calls himself Christ who has reborn. A religious sect consisting of thousands of followers has gathered around him, including Dmitri the bellringer and his wife Sveta who moved to the community with her three children from Saint Petersburg a few years ago. Magomed, the biological father of the children, writes a complaint letter to the administration of the President of Russia and insists that his children should be given back to him. Director Arbo Tammiksaar with his family moved to the Vissarions' village for a year. He followed ...

Director: Arbo Tammiksaar | Jaak Kilmi

Keywords: marital relationships | alternative lifestyle | autistic child | openness | mother-children relationship | emotional expressions | soulfulness | faith in God | preaching | Christmas party | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Film Tower, Making Movies (Finland)
Film Category Observation, Documentary
Text / Dialogue Russian
Subtitles English, Estonian
Duration 85:40

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 28.01.2015, DocPoint Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 01.02.2015, Cinema Artis, Tallinn, Estonia
  • in cinema: 13.02.2015, Cinema Cinamon, Tartu, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (Estonia), 2015, Best Estonian Documentary Film
  • Participation, DocPoint Tallinn (Estonia), 2015, Opening film
  • Participation, ARTDOCFEST Russian Open Documentary Film Festival (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia; Riga, Latvia), 2015

Partners and Sponsors

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