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NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema

24 Snega

24 Snow

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Like a lone cowboy, Sergei passionately devotes his life to traditional horse breeding in the impenetrable Arctic Sakha; permafrost and the absence of roads, electricity and channels of communication mean that there is nobody else to rely on but oneself. Sergei is sensitive and introspective; he truly cares about his family, community and treats nature with the utmost respect. He loves the independence and freedom this life brings, despite the immense sacrifices that it necessitates, such as total isolation and being a stranger to his own children. Spectacular camerawork characterizes the Sakha horses in all their magnificence, and juxtaposes the post-soviet towns and the boundless taiga landscapes, where the cold bites through the screen.

Mikhail Barynin

Russian Federation 2016


Documentary form
95 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Mikhail Barynin
Director of Photography
Yuri Berezhnev, Semen Amanatov, Mikhail Kardashevskyi
Nikita Koltsev
Sound Design
Innokentyi Sivtsev
Innokentyi Sivtsev
Moisey Kobyakov
Production Management
Egor Makarov
Executive Producer
Egor Makarov


Mikhail Barynin

Born in 1985, he graduated from the Moscow International Film School and the directing faculty of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 2013 (class of Sergey Miroshnichenko). Another Land, his directing debut was followed by his films Maiman Race and Tuva. Independent People about the Russian North. 24 Snow continues this regional focus and depicts the life of a horsebreeder in the harsh Arctic conditions.


2008 Autumn melody 2009 Another Land 2011 Maiman Race 2012 Tuva. Independent people 2013 Gyandzha – a fairy tale town · Dagestan folk arts 2014 Urasa-Bayram. Happiness Renovation 2016 24 Snow

Produced by

Muus Khaia Production
Yakutsk, Russian Federation
+7 9142702964

World sales

Sakha Cineclub
Yakutsk, Russian Federation
+7 9248689923