Director: Alexey VakhrushevAlexey Vakhrushev was born in Chukotka, in 1969. He graduated from the Russian State Cinematography Institute (VGIK), the school of film direction, in 1996. In 2001-2008, he worked for the Ethno-Online production company as film director making the “Russian National Geography” documentaries series. He has been the general producer and director for the High Latitudes Studio since 2009. He directed 10 documentaries, most of them about life in Chukotka. He received awards from Russian and international festivals. Dr. Vakhrushev is the research fellow of the RussianAcademy of Sciences’ Ethnology and Anthropology Institute, and the member of the Russian Union of Cinematographers, and the Russian Guild of Film Directors.
72 years have passed as deer herder Vukvukai lives in the depths of Chukotka. He is an old man full of energy and wisdom – The Real Man of Tundra whose life can not be seen apart from the deer. His people take care of a huge herd – over 14,000 deer. Their life is a non-stop struggle for survival and well-being in the most harsh weather conditions of Chaun-Chukotka. They deeply believe in the strength of tradition and so succeed in their struggle. The ancient culture of Nomadic Chukchi takes care of them, so they preserve and follow it. As far as it is now – their realm remains stabile. This is the Truth of Vukvukai.