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The Book of the Sea

1h 25m Documentary 2018

Aleksei Vakhrushev’s hybrid animated/documentary feature about Inuit and Chukchi hunters blends contemporary experiences with ancient myths.

Price: $4.99 + taxes and fees

In the frigid waters off of Russia’s Bering Strait, Inuit and Chukchi hunters still seek out the giant sea mammals that have sustained their people for time immemorial. Life meets myth as a new generation of hunters sets out in pursuit of the whales, walruses, and seals that tie them to these Arctic shores.

The contemporary story of elders Alexander and Alexei blends seamlessly with that of “the woman who gave birth to a whale” and other ancient myths (told here in vivid animation), in this ongoing struggle for survival and the preservation of a traditional lifestyle.

Aleksei Vakhrushev’s unique film, which won Best Indigenous Language Production at the 2019 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Best Documentary at the 2020 Yakutsk International Film Festival, is a spectacular and visually impressive cinematic story about the vitality of an ancient culture in one of the most remote places on Earth.

RBC is proud to support TIFF’s programming in honour of Indigenous History Month.

We work to make our programming accessible, and have set aside a limited number of free tickets. Please contact for more information.


Russian, Chukchi, Inuit (Siberian Yupik)


French, English



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