Terra

Russia

30’, 2018

DIRECTED BY

Julia Kushnarenko

PRODUCED BY

Julia Kushnarenko, Maxim Arbugaev

SCRIPTWRITER

Julia Kushnarenko

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Julia Kushnarenko

EDITED BY

Julia Kushnarenko

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Production at Russia’s enormous Bovanenkovo natural gas field began in 2012. Bovanenkovo is located on the Yamal Peninsula, a remote area of Siberia where temperatures in winter sink below minus 50. But the gas production facilities obstruct the historical migration routes of the Nenets people, indigenous reindeer herders, who have to pass through sprawling industrial zones to reach their summer pastures. The intrusion of modernity means the nomadic herders are facing a stark choice: to try and save their unique lifestyle or assimilate with the new reality. Squeezed between the past and the future, this is a story about a people bound to the land and their struggle to endure.