Selections from Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia

2013 Films

Selections from Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia

Courtesy of Return of the Musk Ox

MARCH
17
5:30 PM

Directed by: Various

Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science
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Selections from Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia 

Program introduced by Tiit Mesila, Festival Director, Matsalu Nature Film Festival.

OLD MAN AND THE MOOSE (Estonia, 2009, 36 min.) Harri has been studying moose and their inner natures for more than 30 years. For him, moving around with the moose on the wetland, where he converses with them in “moose language” has become a ritual of sorts. It may seem bizarre to bystanders when a man makes a show of presenting his ears to the animals and mimics their groaning and moaning, but for Harri the dream of his life is to take the guise of a moose. All of the animals filmed are completely free to come and go when and where they want. Seeing an eight-member wolf pack on camera is a rarity, as is the mating of the moose, which Harri was able to witness for the first time in his life. In Estonian with English subtitles. Directed by Joosep Matjus. Produced by Riho Västrik. 

A JOURNEY TO THE SOURCE OF THE LENA (Russia, 2010, 45 min.) The Lena is the greatest river in Russia. At its center, the Lena is 19 miles wide, while its lower delta has 150 branches. Nevertheless, this giant is like any other river in that it begins as a small trickle on the northern slopes of the Baikal Range in southern Siberia. The Lena’s upper section boasts a unique natural landscape, which has been strictly protected from human intervention over the past 30 years. Here is the kingdom of the brown bear and here are ancient Siberian pine groves. The filmmakers lived in the area for several months while making the film. In Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Vasiliy  Sarana. Produced by Riho Västrik. Edited by Liina Trishkina.

THE RETURN OF THE MUSK OX (Russia, 2008,  53 min.) The experiment of repopulating the Taimyr Peninsula with the musk ox, which began thirty years ago, has enriched Arctic biodiversity. Fifty oxen taken from North America have by now formed a population of several thousand head, providing genetic material for other Arctic areas as well. The film crew sets out to search for musk oxen in their new home at the northern tip of the Taimyr Peninsula in order to thoroughly get to know these bison-like animals. While following the trail of the musk ox along the northernmost latitudes of Eurasia, the crew also encounters other wildlife. In Russian with English subtitles. Directed by Vasiliy Sarana. Produced by Riho Västrik. Edited by Liina Trishkina.

Discussion with Tiit Mesila, Festival Director, Matsalu Nature Film Festival and filmmakers Riho Västrik and Liina Trishkina follows the screenings.

Thanks to The Trust for Mutual Understanding for their support of this program.  

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