Vor dem Schnee

Before the Snow
Ghost stories are part of the cultural heritage of the Khanty and Forest Nenets in Western Siberia. Eerie accounts based on personal experiences with the supernatural and the dead are narrated void of interpretation. Western civilization intrudes on these ancestral beliefs and dismisses them as paganism, but to Indigenous eyes, the beyond belongs to the sphere of this earth, the spirits, the devils, nature, humans. Beings high and low should not be disturbed.
by Christian Vagt
with Josif Kechimov, Yuri Vella, Agrafena Pesikova
Germany 2007 Russian, Nenets 27’ Colour Documentary form


  • Josif Kechimov
  • Yuri Vella
  • Agrafena Pesikova


Director Christian Vagt
Cinematography Christian Vagt
Sound Design Florian Holzner
Sound Christian Vagt
Production Manager Stephan Dudeck
Executive Producer Stefan Kurz
Producers Christian Vagt, Stephan Dudeck

Produced by

Christian Vagt

Christian Vagt

Christian Vagt studied Film and Theatre at the Free University of Berlin and works primarily as a photographer in Berlin. In 2016 he presented a series of photographs exploring the Greek refugee camp Softex. Before the Snow is his first film.


2007 Vor dem Schnee (Before the Snow)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017