At the Edge of the World

Not far from Dalnye Zelentsy lies a string of natural reserve islands, which ordinary people rarely set foot on, due to a huge amount of different birds nesting there during a short Northern summer. People are prohibited from visiting the islands in order not to disturb the peace of the feathered inhabitants. The Gavrilov Islands are home to numerous bird colonies, where the night silence makes a contrast with the daytime deafening chatter of seagulls and urias. Here, at the end of the world, lives Nikolay Eliseev, the warden of Kandalaksha Nature Reserve, who has been working here for more than forty years. Nikolay’s family lives in town: he is divorced and his three children rarely visit him, preferring city life to the reclusive life of a coast-dweller. Nikolay seldom goes out to inspect the islands: the Northern Sea Route abyss where the big dry-cargo freighters pass is hard to withstand when you’re driving a small motor boat. This caretaker, going by the sonorous surname Eliseev, keeps tabs on the birds and animals inhabiting these nature reserve islands and prevents intruders from disturbing wildlife.
He has accumulated a lot of interesting stories over the many years he’s been doing this job he shares some of them with us.

  • Nastia Osipova
  • Anastasia Osipova
  • Mikhail Osipov
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    40 лет на Краю Света
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,370 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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  • Shooting Format:
    progressive HD Black Magic
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Nastia Osipova, Anastasia Osipova

Anastasia is an aspiring filmmaker. Previously she was known as a photojournalist and has won some prestigious awards.
She was born in Russia 9 June 1988 in Moscow.
Graduated from Russian State Social University, public relations in 2010;
Lomonosov Moscow State University, photojournalism in 2014;
Gerasimov Institute of Cinematograph, director of photography in 2016.
Anastasia is passionate about directing and researching journalistic and documentary stories.
Still working for Information Agency of Moscow Region (photojournalist) currently Anastasia is exploring the world of filmmaking.

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