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The Sons of Torum (1989)

Original title:Toorumi pojad

Documentary Duration 59:04

An ancient Khanty bear feast ritual, estimated to be about 3000 years old, was filmed in Western Siberia, in Khantia-Mansia, at the Agan River, a tributary of the Ob, in September 1985 and in August 1988. Participants in the ceremony held at a Khanty summer camp included singers of old songs who travelled to the ritual place from several hundred kilometres away.

Director: Lennart Meri

Keywords: anthropology | architecture | living environment | lifestyle | ethnography | Khanti people | tribe | hunter | crossing the river | living by a river | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Eesti Telefilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Antropological
Text / Dialogue Estonian, handi
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 59:04, 62:00


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Director Lennart Meri
Screenwriter Lennart Meri
Cinematographer Ago Ruus
Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür
Sound Designer Enn Säde
Editor Ossi Skurnik
Content Editor Maie Jõgi
Managing Director Ene Arumaa | Lisa Hovinheimo

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Estonian SSR Film Festival (USSR), 1990, Best Science Film; Special Price for Cinematography: Ago Ruus

Partners and Sponsors

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