HUNTERS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME
Chukotka, Siberia, 2008 DVCAM Color,
87 min. Color 4:3
Russian/Chukchi with English Subtitles.
Along the coast of the Bering Sea a community of whale hunters are struggling to survive keeping alive a millenary tradition. Surviving one of the most extreme environments of the planet.
I wanted to capture the millenary tradition of Chukchi whale hunters, their ability to survive using archaic hunting techniques forced by international Commissions. I wanted also to capture the hunting in all its splendor all its ritual with its inner times and cycles. I was interested in their survival and their feeding cycles I wanted to make a film on the food chain of a whale hunter, from the wintertime to the summer, from the fish to the seal to the whale. I wanted the film to be a sort of action film, without much dialogues a pure cinematic and visual experience. A film that captures the survival and determination of the worlds last whale hunters.
Director, Photography and Camera: Carlos Casas
Music and Sound: Sebastian Escofet
Editing: Felipe Guerrero
Main Characters: Edward Rypkirghin, Vladimir Piny, Anton Rypkirghin Production: Fabrica, RTSI
-Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporaneo. Mexico FICCO 2006
Winner Best Documentary
-Festival Internationale du Documentaire, FID Marseille 2008
-Festival Internacional Mar de Plata 2008 , Argentina
-Torino International Film Festival 2008 TIFF 2008, Italia