The Yukon Blues

In 1965 well known mountaineer and reporter Walter Bonatti, accomplished a solo expedition by canoe down the Yukon and Porcupine rivers for Epoca (Italian Magazine). Visiting the gold rush sites, he moved from the Chilkoot Pass up north to the Klondike. He experienced the amazing Yukon ice breaks in Dawson City, explored the Bonanza and El Dorado Creeks, and prepared himself for the long canoe trip. “The Yukon Blues” is Igor D’India’s attempt to recreate this journey and to document what has changed since then, with the fresh view of a young explorer.

  • Igor D'India
  • Igor D'India
  • Teresa D'Elia
  • Igor D'India
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    51 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2015
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  • Waterwalker Film Festival 2016
    Touring Festival
    North American Premiere
    Best Canoe Film, Best Amateur Film
  • Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival 2016
    September 15, 2016
    Asian Premiere
  • TV Broadcast - Dee Jay TV
    All cities
    December 19, 2015
  • Immagimondo Film Festival
    September 20, 2015
  • Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2016
  • Film Festival Flix 2017
  • New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2017
  • Festival Hory A Mesto 2017
Distribution Information
  • Kobalt Entertainment
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
  • Amazon Prime
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Igor D'India

2015 In February-March he reaches the Mekong River (Laos): check out the first pics of the location scouting. This trip inspires his following project, The Raftmakers (Watch the first teaser). In November-December he goes on expedition to Cuba, together with Simone Sciutteri (Eurovespa).

2014 Inspired by famous mountaineer and explorer Walter Bonatti, after hitchhiking 7000 km from Toronto to the Yukon Territory, He paddled 1400 km of the Yukon river, solo, in a canoe. He quit the expedition in Fort Yukon because of a storm, but he managed to finish the documentary The Yukon Blues(aired on Deejay tv in Italy in December 2014), where he compared his incredible adventure with Bonatti’s expedition (1965). The film is distributed in North America by the canadian Hg Distribution and worldwide by RAI COM.

2013 He moved to Canada and hitchhiked from Toronto-Ontario to Dawson City YT (6000 km) to location scout his next expedition in YT and Alaska.

2012 Fascinated by Michel Siffre’s cave-based experiments in sensory deprivation, and the first “out of time” experience of a man alone in a cave for 6 months. He filmed 700 hours of his own state of permanence, 30m under the surface. Completely alone with no time pieces, or the cycles of natural light, relying solely on the body’s instinctive abilities to mark the passage of time. The movie will showcase in 2015. watch the first teaser.

2011 – Retraced Garibaldi’s route from Sicily to Turin by bicycle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s national unification. This blog about the experience has had a very good response with over 30,000 views.

2010 – Immersed himself into the highly-contaminated Oreto, a small river that runs through the heart of Palermo, Sicily; to document the terrifying status of its environmental degradation. This had not been exposed to the public since the 1960s, when industrial and domestic dumping into the river began.

2009-2010 – Filmed the “Team Est” expedition in the worst car ever made, a small Fiat Y10, throughout Africa and Asia (Mongol and Africa Rally). The film The Y10 Diaries tracks the odyssey, including several failures. “The Y10 Diaries episode I” won The Adventurists Film Festival in London (Best film 2010).

2007 – He wrote a reportage about the Western Sahara conflict for the online magazine Peacereporter.

2005 – Shaken by the Beslan terrorist attack in North Ossetia in 2004, he followed the independent investigation by Novaja Gazeta (a Russian newspaper) about the involvement of the Russian government in the tragedy and decided to make a documentary about it. The film “Le finestre di Beslan” (Beslan’s windows) remains the only independent documentary about the investigation and won the Bizzarri Film Festival Special Price (2006).

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