«Mothers priests»

In each village there are women - spiritual and cultural leaders, the keepers of traditions, folklore performers, from whom we interviewed and commentaries on their own spiritual experience and role in the life of the Kryashens community. In villages usually one of the grandmothers is revered by her fellow villagers as the most religious, and assumes the role of the priest.
Small Subconfessional ethnos - Kryashens are an Orthodox people belong to the Tatars of the Volga-Ural region of Russia. Until 1926, they were an independent ethnos. On December 4, 1925, Bolsheviks Party made the decision on the reunification of two peoples - the Kryashens and the Tatars in order to reduce the number of peoples of the USSR.
101 Kryashen School were closed. 2 monasteries, most rural temples were destroyed,
The Kryashen alphabet was abolished.

  • Salavat Yuzeev
  • Marina Galitskaya, Salavat Yuzeev
  • Marina Galitskaya, Ildar Yagafarov
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    February 10, 2019
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    Russian Federation
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    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Salavat Yuzeev

Salavat Yuzeev (born February 02, 1960) is a Tatar writer, film director, screenwriter and playwright. Yuzeev Salavat directed more than 40 documentaries for TV, made over 20 short films, and debut feature-length film The Kurban Novel: A Story of Sacrifice.
Salavat Yuzeev is a member of the Writers' Union of the Tatarstan Republic, winner of the all-Russia literature award named after Gavriil Derzhavin, and author of 3 books of poetry and prose. He is a frequent contributor to literature magazines, as a writer, playwright, and the author of theatric performances.

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Filmography Salavat Yuzeev
The Kurban Novel: A Story of Sacrifice (2014) future film – 2Prises of the X Kazan International Muslim Festival, Tatarstan; Diploma of the 3 Yakutsk’s International Film Festival, Saha -Yakutya; Participant of The 1 st Silk Road International Film Festival ( China), International Film Festival “Silver Akbuzat”, Ufa, Bashkortostan.
“He, his Muse and classmates” (2012) short movie, participant of the Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival, Cyprus International Film Festival.
“Shunu will come» - represents the project «From Valday to Altay» of Kazan's
Studio «Innovation» about the cultural diversity of the Turky's people of Russia. Kaychi performers the Altay's Epic Poetry about The Heroes and there fairy Horses and Angry Mara and the Straggle of The Light and Dark forces. And also about real people: Artist Tarakay, Musician Dobrynya, Authors of the Modern Fairy Tails Tanyckpath There life, work, artistes and traditions inspire with the beauty of the Altaic Nature and History. – Grand Prize of The International Festival of Ethnological Films (Belgrad). The Best Documentary at The International festivals of The Short Films “Varesh”, Iran. International Festival of Ethnographical films “Semurg”, Kazakhstan.
"Farida" (2009) - short movie, participant of the Art Cinema Festival (Moscow), International Film Festival “White lilac”, Ukraine.
"100 years of Tatar Theater” (2007) - a documentary about the history of the Tatar national theater (participant of the festival «Golden Minbar» (Kazan, 2008)
"My heart in the countryside" (2007) - documentary about outstanding Tatar playwright Tufan Minnulline (Prize for the director at the festival of documentary films on the national cultures «Eurasian Kaleidoscope» (Moscow, 2008)
"121" (2007)- short movie about Tatar poet Gabdulla Tukay (special prize of the World Congress of Tatars at Film Festival "Golden Minbar" (Kazan 2007), Prize for the best director and the diploma in Scriptwriter nomination at Golden Buben film festival (Khanty-Mansiysk 2007), Grand Prize at The International film Festival "Red Sea" (Egypt 2008 ).
Documentary television series "Tolerance" (2005-2006)
"The life began. Marsel Salimzhanov " (2005)- 5 episode documentary about the great Tatar stage director Marsel Salimzhanov (The Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Tatarstan for film director, Kazan, 2005)
"We shan’t go away" (2004)- documentary about national and religious tolerance (participant of the International television festival Al Djazira (Qatar), diploma of the 1 Muslim film festival "Golden Minbar", Kazan, 2005. Prize for director TEFI- region 2005, Sochi, 2005.