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Saving North

Saving North is the story of a struggle for human and cultural survival in the mysterious and insular world of the Russian North. An outsider from England, photographer Richard Davies, enters this mysterious and vast region of the world with the hope of documenting both the glory and the tragic demise of its rapidly disappearing Wooden Churches. As Davies meets and becomes friends with the some of his Russian photo subjects, he finds himself getting emotionally involved with their struggle. He decides to put down his camera and get involved with church restoration.

            Early on in our story Davies befriends the famed Russian architect Alexander Popov who is deeply involved in working to preserve and share with the world the beauty and value of these ancient structures. Popov has uniquely discovered and reinvigorated both the tools and processes that restore life back to the North. But it’s an uphill battle against strong and powerful forces.

            Together, Davies and Popov uncover the circumstances that led to the demise of the churches, and then join a small but growing group of passionate Russian citizens and outsiders from all walks of life who join the cause of Saving North.


Russian premiere at Moscow Fest for Saving North: Rescuing the Wooden Churches of Northern Russia

Saving North enjoyed the russian premier at Moscow Festival  October 5th at 18.00 in 5th Hall of Oktyabr Cinema Theatre. Director and producer in attendance with a Q&A after the screening.

"Museum World", (which will celebrate its 90th anniversary next year) will feature an interview with Mitchell done during the 
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Mitchell is a long-time friend of our magazine, winner of the award named after Yu.P.Pishchulin for the 2019th year. And more importantly, he is a sincere friend of Russia, he loves and appreciates its unique culture, harsh northern spaces and people living here.
In the next issue of the magazine, we will publish an exclusive interview for which the director found time in his tight working schedule. We are glad that the project marked by our prize is successfully completed and met the warmest welcome at the Moscow festival.
The 42nd MIFF which was postponed due to the pandemic, is approaching fast. It was held 1-8 of October 2020.
The new dates were coordinated with FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) in the hope that the situation with COVID19 would have become stable. As we can see, not all of our hopes came true. A lot of questions and uncertainties remain.
For the greater part the Festival program was completed and settled with the right-holders in March. Now we have to get their agreement for the altered dates and sign new contracts. Moreover, the situation is constantly changing. Many major festivals were cancelled this year, others went on-line which changed their programs drastically. Premieres are postponed including those planned for certain festivals.
For now most of the previously selected films were approved for screenings on new dates. We had to (or managed to) change only a minor part of the program and include the recently completed works.
The situation with guests and jury members is less certain. Frankly speaking we were pleasantly surprised when many filmmakers expressed their readiness to come to Moscow even when travel restrictions still remain. Still we should not be too optimistic, many won’t be able to come.
The main difficulty lay in the necessity to map out several possible scenarios for the Festival to meet the unpredictable changes in the epidemic situation in this country and throughout the world, since it is an international festival. It seems we will have to break with certain traditions. When this or that guest is unable to come we will try to set up a video press conference (real or virtual) and perhaps Q and A sessions with the audience. The COVID situation makes desirable the prior recording of addresses and introductions to the screenings, and this has to be managed too.
Festival preparations are well underway. For several months we have been involved in intense correspondence with our partners and prospective participants and guests.
The effectiveness of our activities will be judged by viewers and journalists.
Program director of the MIFF




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