1st Prize Stories, Contemporary Issues
24 October 2020
Although Sakha (also known as Yakutia), in the far northeast of the Russian Federation, extends over more than three million square kilometers, its population numbers barely 950,000 people, around 50% of whom are ethnic Sakha (Yakuts). Art has become a way of showcasing and preserving Sakha culture, traditions, and stories. Cinema has flourished there since the 1990s. Around seven to ten feature films are shot a year, by a local movie industry lightheartedly dubbed ‘Sakhawood’.