Aleksei Vakhrushev

was born in 1969 in Anadyr, Chukotka. He graduated as a filmmaker from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1996. He worked as a screenwriter and a documentary filmmaker at M-FILM studio (Moscow), collaborated with Ethno-online company, and Channel One. Since 2009, he is the general producer and filmmaker of Vysokie Shiroty studio (Moscow). Member of the Nika Academy of Cinema Arts and Science, laureate of national and international festivals, research staff member of Ethnology and Anthropology Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (Audiovisual Research Centre).


Time When Dreams Melt, 1993; Naukan Birds, 1996; Island, 2001; Chukotka Kazaks, 2003; Chronicles of Walrus Tusk, 2004; Hunters of Keen Shores, 2005; Welcome to Enurmino!, 2008; Robert, Alla, Time…, 2009; The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock, 2011; The Book of the Sea, 2018.

The Tundra Book. A Tale of Vukvukai, the Little Rock (0+)

Russia, 2011, colour, 105 min.
Director: Aleksei Vakhrushev
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 cannot 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 harshest 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 stable. This is the Truth of Vukvukai.


NIKA Award of the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts and Science (2011) – Best Documentary; All Russian Documentary Film Festival "Russia" (2011) – Best Feature Film; Critics Prize; The Prize of all Russian State Film Archive; All Russian Documentary Film Festival "Meeting with Russia" 2011 – Audience Award, Main Prize IN FACES OF RUSSIA Nomination; National Documentary and TV Award "Golden Laurel" (2011) – Best Documentary; National Film Critics Award "White Elephant" (2011) – Best Documentary; Nomination ”Golden Eagle” Academy Award (2011) – Best Documentary; "Golden Apricot" Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia, 2012) – SILVER APRICOT in Documentary Competition; International Film Festival "People and Environment" (Russia, 2012) – Grand Prix; International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, DocsDF (Mexico, 2012) – Best International Feature; Jean Rouch International Film Festival (Paris, 2012) – "MONDE EN REGARDS" Prize; Bansko Mountain Film Festival (Bulgaria, 2012) ­– Grand Prix.