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IN PURSUIT OF THE SIBERIAN SHAMAN

A shaman caught
between "tradition"
and "modernity"

 

JOIN ME IN SHAMBHALA

Tibetan lamas'
odyssey in Siberia

 

DHARMA KID

A Tibetan boy-monk
Dharamsala, India

 

ALL EARS

Art of listening in Nottingham, UK

IN PURSUIT OF THE SIBERIAN SHAMAN

A shaman caught
between "tradition"
and "modernity"

 

JOIN ME IN SHAMBHALA

Tibetan lamas'
odyssey in Siberia

 

DHARMA KID

A Tibetan boy-monk
Dharamsala, India

 

ALL EARS

Art of listening in Nottingham, UK

 

IN PURSUIT OF THE
SIBERIAN SHAMAN

 

This film takes a behind-the-
scenes look at an indigenous shaman living on a remote Siberian island as he moves between intimate shamanic rituals performed for local clientele and shows performed at various resorts for Western tourists in search of “primitive” cultures. The film captures cross-cultural miscommunication as the shaman and tourists misunderstand one another, usually comically, sometimes disturbingly, made all the more poignant by conflict between the dominant Russian Orthodox Church and the local shamanic tradition.
Meanwhile, a close look at the early Soviet archival footage of Siberian shamans raises questions about what remains hidden behind the cinematic image, exposing the gap between Western romantic fantasies and the actual plight suffered by contemporary indigenous peoples. READ FULL SYNOPSIS

 

Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Siberia

a film by Anya Bernstein

Valentin Olkhon