Viktor Valerevich Mumikhotkak also known as „Mukha", Yupik Eskimo from the hamlet New Chaplino (Chukotka, Russia), died tragically in 2012. Somebody stabbed him in his abdomen and cut off his fingers. In 2014, when young Alla Ukuma gave birth to her first son, her mother told her: „Last night I saw Mukha in my dream. He had come back in your boy. Let us name your baby Viktor". According to the local people, the dead can return to the realm of the living up to five times. This film essay on life, death and possible return poses the universal question: How do you confront your own end?
Jaroslava Panáková received her PhD in Social Anthropology at St. Petersburg State University in Russia and MA in documentary cinema at FAMU Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2001 she has been studying indigenous peoples of Polar Russia. She combines her fieldwork with the filmic approach. Author's short film "The seagull flying against the wind" (2005) was screened at the IFF in Jihlava and at the festival Oneworld. Her medium-length film "Being tourist at home" (2009) participated in 2009 at the East Silver market in Jihlava and in 2010, won the first Prize at the TOCOCU festival in Lisboa. Her long-feature film, Five Lives (2016), was claimed "the best doc on survival of indigenous peoples" at the XXX PÄRNU Film Festival.
Direcotr, camera, script: J. Panáková
Production: J.Panáková, spolek PAMODAJ
Edit: Šimon Špidla
Language of Dialogues: Russian
Language of subtitles: Slovak