A travel film blending ethnography and adventure in remote Soviet Asia by filmmaker John Knoop. Tuva was once part of the Mongolian Empire. It’s lush valleys were pastures for the herds of Genghis Khan. From Kungar Tug, near the border with Mongolia, the filmmakers traveled by raft and canoe down the Yenessei River, through pristine wilderness. They met shamans, throat singers, fundamentalists known as ‘Old Believers’ and saw no evidence of the 20th Century.
Produced by John Knoop & David Boatwright
Directed, photographed & edited by John Knoop
Sound recorded by David Boatwright
On line editor: Ed Rudolph
Narrator: David Boatwright
A travel film blending ethnography and adventure in Soviet Asia by filmmaker John Knoop.
From the filmmaker:
We’ve reached the region of Orthodox fundamentalists known as Old Believers. We stop to visit an old woman who has lived alone since her sister died, miles from her nearest neighbor, raising sheep and cattle; fishing and gardening. Only occasional help from the world of men. She shows us some bronze icons that she says tarnished overnight when her sister died. She recites from a huge book of religious texts printed in old Russian, squinting through broken eyeglasses and falling into a trancelike state as she reads. As we are leaving she plaintively asks Lena, one of the teachers from Moscow, if she would consider staying with her. Lena quietly and sweetly says that she can’t.