Hermitage Dwellers
Hermitage Dwellers


Director: Gerard Jacobs

Producer: Roel Simons
Scenario: Gerard Jacobs
Camera: Melle van Essen
Editor: Jacques Verheul
Production: Palm Plus Producties

40 min., 1996, rus.


2011, 6 april, Moscow

2010, 17 october, Perm



Short documentary showing the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union for a motley collection of inhabitants of a marshy tract of land by the River Ob in Western Siberia. Most are former political prisoners banished to this `Gulag Archipelago' by Stalin, and their descendants. The rest of the population is made up of oil workers. These 'oil men' moved into the marshes in the sixties as pioneers to exploit the oil fields. They ensured the black gold that the Communists needed to finance their workers' paradise. The original inhabitants of Siberia still live among these people: the Khants, a tribe of reindeer nomads who have defied the climate in these marshes for centuries. Awarded a Golden Calf for Best Short Documentary.


About the film:

The winner of the Netherlands Film Festival in the category "Best Short Documentary" in 1996.


Алена ван дер Хорст

About the director:

Worked as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Africa for Dutch newspaper, magazine and TV. Write travel stories, specialised in Siberia and Southern Africa















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