International Competition


Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev
Screening time  
31.03. / Friday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 2  
01.04. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4  
02.04. / Sunday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 3  
02.04. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 1  

On a remote coast of the Siberian Arctic in a wind-battered hut, a lonely marine biologist Maxim Chakilev waits to witness an ancient gathering of walruses. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change. In the past, walruses would rest on the floating ice during their migration and come out on land in small numbers, but the disappearance of the ice now forces them to seek refuge ashore. Once on land, they must travel much longer distances to reach their food supply. The film is a report on the consequences of global warming in the Arctic and, at the same time, a tribute to the stubborn dedication of scientists who work in these lands with a great personal commitment.


Evgenia Arbugaeva

Evgenia Arbugaeva (1985, Tiksi, Republic of Yakutia) is a documentary photographer based in London, UK. She is a National Geographic Society Fellow and a recipient of the International Center of Photography Infinity Award and the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Time Magazine and the National Geographic magazine among others. Together with her brother, Maxim Arbugaev, she often looks into their homeland — the Arctic, discovering and capturing remote worlds and people who inhabit them.


Maxim Arbugaev

Maxim Arbugaev (1991, Tiksi, Republic of Yakutia) is a director, cinematographer, producer and winner of various international film festival awards, including the Sundance Film Festival 2018 where he received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography for the film Genesis 2.0, which he co-directed with Christian Frei. Together with his sister, Evgenia Arbugaeva, he often looks into his homeland — the Arctic, discovering and capturing remote worlds and people who inhabit them.

General sponsor


Great Britain
2022, 25'

Directed by:
Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev

Maxim Arbugaev, Evgenia Arbugaeva

Edited by:
Evgenia Arbugaeva, Joshua Chadwick

Evgenia Arbugaeva, Maxim Arbugaev

Festivals & Awards:

Berlinale, Hot Docs, Vienna Short, Doc Aviv, Sarajevo IFF, Seoul ECO FF: Jury Award, Cinemambiente: Jury Award, Kurzfilm Hamburg: Special Mention