HUNTERS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME
Chukotka, Siberia, 2008
DVCAM Color, 87 min. Color 4:3
Russian/Chukchi with English Subtitles.

Synopsis:
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.

Director's Statement:
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.

CREDITS
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

Festivals:
-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

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A trilogy of films dedicated the most extreme environments on the planet, I was interested in living in these lands trying to capture those lives styles which are dissapearing, I was interested in the collective imaginary of these places and their mythic


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A trilogy of films dedicated the most extreme environments on the planet, I was interested in living in these lands trying to capture those lives styles which are dissapearing, I was interested in the collective imaginary of these places and their mythic idea of the end of the world. I was interested in landscapes, places that carried in a certain way a feeling of the “End”, through abandonness, remoteness, harshness of the land and of course living conditions, places that could represent in a way a post apocalyptic future scenario and at the same time a certain archaic civilisation feeling.

I was interested in the people living in this peripheries of civilization and how they survive their everyday life, why they were here and how they were managing to survive. I was interested in living among them, following their rhythms and trying to understand their ways, their reasons.

I firmly believe that in those places I found Human spirit in it’s most purest and sincere stage, away from a certain civilisation drive. I hope these people and their lives will spur a light onto those occidental and civilized viewers.

The film trilogy is dedicated entirely to the people who shared some of their treasure moments with me. I hope these films will testimony their existence.

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