Ksenia Elyan's How Big Is the Galaxy? won the main award at Fiorenzo Serra Film Festival in Sardinia and also got the award for the best debut film at Cinématerre in France.
How Big Is the Galaxy?, which is part of East Silver Caravan, was previously screened at number of festivals and got awards at DOKer Film Festival, Flahertiana, Varesh among others. The film is available until December 2 for streaming on CurrentTime TV website (without English subtitles). On December 9, it will be screened at Světozor Cinema in Prague as part of Documentary Monday, co-organized by the Institute of Documentary Film.
Zakhar lives among the vast Arctic spaces of Siberia, 100 miles away from human dwellings. He is 7, but he has his own reindeer and tundra for pasture. One day his nomad family is joned by a teacher, sent by the authorities to explain to the kids why they need math and Putin. It's the 1st grade for Zakhar and the 3rd for his brother Prokopy. The teacher is supposed to give them a standard set of knowledge, but Zakhar craves answers to millions of questions about the world. We come to see how rigid the adult thinking is, compared to the boy's inquiring mind. The schooling also bolsters the friendly rival between the brothers. Prokopy is bigger and stronger, but Zakhar is smarter. Small but exciting things happen to the children every day, and each errand turns into a thrilling adventure.