A Craftsman's Journey

The short documentary “Самородок – A Craftsman’s Journey” is a story of a 75-year old Windsor resident Raymond Belenkov who came to Canada 18 years ago from Russia, where he learnt the craft of jewelry making. Raymond’s story is a fascinated tale of how his hobby became his profession.

  • Maria Belenkova-Buford
    Jenny's Vision
  • Maria Belenkova-Buford
    Jenny's Vision
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,300 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Russian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Windsor
  • New Haven
    United States
    August 11, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Maria Belenkova-Buford

Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, I always enjoyed creative writing and storytelling. My curiosity and spirit of adventure brought me to Canada, where I pursued career in accounting. While looking at the world around me through the business lenses, I continued exploring my creative side by
writing scripts, collecting tales shared by people I met, and presenting my own stories to various audiences.

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Director Statement

“Самородок – A Craftsman’s Journey” is my first independent short documentary inspired by my artistic father.
The film will give the audience a chance to dive into the world of fine craftsmanship Raymond practiced for the last 60 years. The visual images – pieces of jewelry, tools, working space – will draw the audience to the screens. Raymond’s story, accompanied by visuals of his work, shows the uniqueness and beauty of our diverse creative community of artists in Windsor.