The Book of the Sea

Aleksei Vakhrushev | Documentary Feature
Chukchi/Russian| Russia | 2018 | 85 min

Friday 25 October 2019 | 10:00am
The Book of the Sea
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

A hybrid documentary that introduces the viewer to the Chukotkan way of life following a group of whale hunters who practice their traditional harvesting within the contemporary Russian state. Blended throughout the film is Elders Alexander and Alexei's story of "of the woman who gave birth to a whale" told through vivid animation, in this ongoing struggle for survival and preservation of culture.


Alex Vakhrushev, a Yupik native of Anydyr Chukotka, has been in the film industry for over 20 years focusing mainly on northern Russian content. A graduate from the Russian filmmaking institute, Vakhrushev returns to imagineNative for the first time in 20 years.