Films about Shamanism in Finno-Ugric Siberia

Nenets childThe Russian film director and journalist Olga Kornienko will present her documentaries on Shamanism, bear dance, and childhood among the Siberian Finno-Ugric Khanty people on Wednesday, 14 October 2009 at 16:00 at Helsinki University (Musicology bldg, Vironkatu 1, Hall 2B). After the film presentation, there will be time for discussion (in Russian and English) about the films and life in Yugra with the director, Olga Kornienko.

Master and Evdokia (52 min, in Khanty, English subtitles)

The master has been living in the Siberian backwoods. His name is Sergey Kechimov. His ancient shaman ancestors has bequeathed him a sacred trade: the skill to make tambourines. Yet destiny dealt him plenty of trouble including the loss of people close to him. The 65-year-old widow Evdokia was living on the other edge of the Siberian landmass. She knew about the homeless man, married him, and brought the Master with her to her nomad camp.

The film is symbolic of the native people of Yugra (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug). It has been screened in Slovakia, Finland, Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin), Estonia, Hungary, and many times in Russia. The film has been nominated for Russia’s highest movie award (TEFI) in 2005, has won the Grand Prix of the International Television Festival “Finno-Ugric World”, and has been screened at various international festivals.

Bear Dancing on the Ob (20 min, in Khanty, English subtitles)

The film depicts the most ancient rite of the Khanty and Mansi, the Bear Festival, as it was in reality. The Khanty-language film was filmed for the festival of Finno-Ugric trades in Khanty-Mansiysk in June 2005. It was shown on the big screen of the Biathlon Centre at the opening ceremony of the festival and has since been included in the collections of many museums and libraries.

Hello, Alyonka! (28 min, in Khanty, English subtitles)

The film depicts the life of a young family, the Kolyvanovs. They live in a nomad camp next to the Pim River near Lyantor. Fedor has just found a job as an oilman, while his wife Larisa stays home. The film is the story of a three-year old Khanty girl discovering the world around her. She is preparing to enter adulthood while helping her parents who live in the nomad camp.

The most famous of ethnic films in Yugra, the film has been screened in schools, at seminars on ethnic education, and on regional television. Director Olga Kornienko has given lectures in universities and other educational institutions in the Yugra region and throughout Russia. The film has been shown in Germany and Finland.

Olga Kornienko

Olga Kornienko graduated from the Department of Journalism at Kazan State University and the Moscow Institute of Television and Broadcasting. For more than ten years now, she has been working as editor of thematic programmes at the local TV station, SurgutInformTV, in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (Yugra). She has mostly focused on the life of Yugra’s native population.

Since 2003, Olga Kornienko has been working as head of the Non-Fiction Film Studio on ethno-documentary films, educational, as well as historical documentaries. She is the author of two serials and more than twenty films. Olga Kornienko is a member of the International Academy of Television and Radio. Since 2001, she has been making her films and working as a camera operator.

Since September 2008, she has worked as Associate Professor and lecturer on journalism at the language and Literature Department of Surgut State Pedagogical University. She is the author of many articles about the life and people of Yugra in books and journals.

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