The Braguine and Kiline families live in the middle of the Siberian taiga, 500 km from the next village.
These two families, who are a part of a community of “Old Believers” – a sect of the Russian Orthodox Church dating from the time of the tsars that rejects the authority of the State, went deep into the forest to live by their own rules and principles.

There are no roads leading to where they live; you can only reach them by taking a long boat trip along the Yenisei River and then by helicopter.

Braguino is a small village with wooden houses surrounded by the taiga as far as the eye can see. Every year the threat of fire increases, which has intensified with climate change.

In the middle of the village: a fence separates the Braguines from the Kilines. The two feuding families refuse to speak to one another, leading completely self-sufficient lifestyles at the end of the world.

A dozen or so children are growing up together on the islands of the river, escaping their parents’ feud. This is another type of community, one built by children. Free, unpredictable and sometimes violent.

Between the fear of wild animals, fires that consume everything, and the joy provided by the immensity of the forest and its resources, children and adults are somehow trying to live together.





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49 min


Director and screenwriter

Clément Cogitore


Sylvain Verdet


Pauline Gaillard


Cédric Bonin / Seppia

In co-production with

Kaarle Aho / Making Movies


Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017

Special Mention, Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2018

Best Picture Not Released in 2017, International Cinephile Society Awards 2018

Best Short Film, IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival 2018

Special Mention, Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

Nominee – Best Short Film (Meilleur court-métrage), César Awards France 2019


Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, 2018

Luxembourg City Film Festival, 2018

Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, 2018

Les états généraux du film documentaire, 2018

Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, 2018

DocPoint Helspinki Documentary Film Festival, 2018

San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2017

Festival international de cinéma Marseille, 2017

Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, 2017

San Sebastian film festival, 2017

Les escales documentaires, 2017

International documentary film festival Amsterdam, 2017

Les rencontres de films en Bretagne, 2017

Ficvaldivia, 2017

Busan international film festival, 2017



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