Which is nonexistent?
Did I miss something, other than the Santa Claus pageant?
I liked the rest of it, for what it's worth. Amazing place and people. Leaving your family for 6 months annually to go solo trapping in the Siberian wilderness sure beats building a "man cave" in the basement.
Santa Claus pageant was great!
Actually, I was thinking more about the beginning when he describes how the government sent him and two other men out to set traplines. It was brutal. They had no shelter and had very little with which to survive. Roughly paraphrased, the man quietly comments "...one guy, he didn't like it so much, so he went back." So this guy just walked back alone through this brutal freezing environment to go back home.
It was completely astounding to me how they got started trapping. Doesn't seem like anyone could survive that, but they did.
Reminds me of some Russian saints who also persevered through incredibly difficult circumstances, even our 'modern' world.
I was wondering if there was any actual practice of Orthodoxy in the area, but it's hard to tell when the directors / filmmakers control content. Maybe there isn't.
In any case, seems like the ROCOR parishes I've visited seem a little more hardcore than other jurisdictions, and this documentary lent some insight to what forms a people. That's not meant in a derogatory way at all.
And making his dog run a hundred miles behind his snowmobile when going home for Christmas seemed brutal to me. But once they arrive, someone comments that the 'dog must be hungry'. So they care for them, but are very tough. And then thinking further, I've run some of my own dogs pretty hard when they had to follow me all day on horseback. That's one tough dog that can keep up with a snowmobile all day at a dead run.
Another one I really liked was "The Science of Dogs"
Again touches on Russian dogs, which are amazing creatures in their own right, especially the bomb sniffing dogs bred specifically for that purpose. They were created by one man, and can't be found anywhere else in the world.
Wouldn't want to ever be around the Russian prison guard dogs. Beowulf comes to mind.
And veterinarian / scientists have figured out how to manipulate genes to restore sight to genetically blind dogs.
Interesting program on the historically recent proliferation of specialized dog breeds throughout the world, especially if one like dogs.