Director Saglara Tyurbeeva

Production year 2018

Length 76min.

Country Russia/Azerbaijan


11 Jul 2019 19:00 Moscow Cinema, Blue Hall
12 Jul 2019 10:00 Moscow Cinema, Red Hall


Nestled within the hills of Transcaucasia, and entirely preserved in time, are several villages founded by Molokans – a Russian sect of Christians that rejected the practices of the Russian Orthodox church and were exiled to the mountains by Czar Nicholas I in the 1830s. Now, the Molokans of the region, that were once in thousands, have all but become extinct. A student at Moscow State University’s history department, Dmitry Frolov decided to assemble a film crew in order to shoot the remaining Molokan population in the present-day Azerbaijani region of Kabristan. The remaining settlers now lack a succeeding generation to whom they can pass on their original traditions, and the film intends to serve as conduit for the local Molokans to relay their history for their descendants sprawled across the world. The film discovers traces of hidden life left in Kabristan, while simultaneously unveiling a window into the present-day lives of the locals.


Saglara Tyurbeeva
Saglara Tyurbeeva



Saglara Tyurbeeva, Dmitry Frolov


Saglara Tyurbeeva, Dmitry Frolov

Director of Photography

Sergei Karelin

Saglara Tyurbeeva

Born in the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. Graduated from Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography. Between 2010 and 2015, she worked as creative producer in the Shandesign Production Studio, mounting TV projects, film festivals and other international contests. The Promax BDA project won the Eyes & Ears of Europe Award in 2012. In 2013, she graduated from the Higher Courses of Cinema and Television of the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography, Vitaly Kalinin & Vladislav Romanov Workshop of Direction and Dramaturgy. As a creative producer, she took part in the production of such documentaries as 25KZ, Ilham Aliyev 50, The Modern Russian Design, etc.


The Gambler (2012), Eurovision Postcards (2012), Serebro Nabora (2013), Typomania 3 (2014), Typomania 4 (2015), The Molokans (2018).

FILMS 2019