On November 7, 2018 the first public screening of the documentary film "Passions for the Mammoth" took place in the framework of the Festival of Contemporary Russian Cinema "New Russian Film" in Prague, presented by the director Sergey Yastrzhembsky. The film was made with the support of REGION Group of companies.
The film tells the story of the mammoth fever that has swept over Yakutia and Chukotka in recent years and seriously affected the social climate in these regions. A lot of problems occured in this business that have to be solved in the interests of the population of these regions and the country as a whole. In addition, the author wanted to attract the attention of the public and authorities to a deep crisis of the domestic bonecarve craft, which needs State support.
“The film was shot in two years. During this time we have worked in China, Hong Kong, in France and, most importantly, in several regions of Russia. Above all, in Moscow, Yakutia, Chukotka, as well as Arkhangelsk, Voronezh and St. Petersburg. The geography of the filming was determined mainly by the places where the mammoth bone was collected in Russia, and where the most important bonecarve craft centers can be found both in Russia and in China,” – Sergey Yastrzhembsky says.
And finally, another storyline of the film is the story of the creation and closure of the Mammoth Museum in Moscow. Sergey Yastrzhembsky is deeply convinced that it is necessary to recreate such a museum in Russia. There is a good background for it.
The festival history of the film began in September this year with a preview in the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow as part of the «Arctic: Circles of Life» exhibition. In December, the film will be shown in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, where the issue raised in the film has already sparked vivid interest. As for the wide audience, the film will be premiered in the documentary program of the 2019 Moscow Film Festival.