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A Shaman's Tale

(A Shaman's Tale)

A modern-day shaman sets out across Siberia to Moscow on a protest march and is gradually joined by others. How will the Russian authorities react?

Alexander Gabyshev, a shaman from Yakutia in the Russian Far East, has a revelation: God has chosen him to be a crusader, whose role is to exorcise a demon – Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – from the Kremlin. He’s willing to sacrifice his life to fulfil this task, which will lead to a new and bright future for Russia. Alexander’s walking pilgrimage captures the attention of many people as well as the police. He discusses his ambitious plan with passers-by in remote parts of Siberia and with lorry drivers travelling on the endless roads. His 8,000 km journey offers a mosaic of current pro- and anti-Putin opinions, and highlights the social instability in both the eastern and the western parts of Russia.

Světozor Cinema – Small Hall, Vodičkova 41, Praha 1


Atlas – Small Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

Vladislav Ketkovich, Producer
Aleš Matějka, Moderator
Beata Bashkirova, Director

Lucerna Cinema – Large Hall, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1

Vladislav Ketkovich, Coproducer
Nicolaï Iarochenko, Coproducer
Beata Bashkirova, Director
TitleA Shaman's Tale
Original TitleA Shaman's Tale
Original LanguageRussian
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraWorld premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2024
Country of OriginCzech Republic, France, USA
Length74 min.
Tags Dictatorships, Justice, Spirituality
Director Beata Bashkirova, Bashkirov Mikhail

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