The Stranniki (Russian for Runaways or Wanderers) are the strong Pomorsky Old Believers who rejected prayers for Tsar Peter and all government papers (identification, passports, money, etc). They would not wear clothing contrary to Old Orthodox Russia, nor eat with those of contrary Faith and Practice. Keeping themselves separate from the antichrist society they went far into the Siberian wilderness. This blog is about these people and my effort to conform my life to theirs.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Old Believers Found Hiding On This Island

In 2008 the government of the Czech Republic helped make this 52 minute documentary film. These Old Believers are on the island Skitskoj in the north of Russia’s European part, in an inaccessible forestland on Pizma River, in the Pechora River basin. They are hiding from civilization and from the surrounding world that is buzzing with change. The film traces the progress of the transforming relationship between the Old Believers and the filmmakers during the first meeting. All the surprises and complications of this meeting, which was very important for us and told us a lot about all participating people, are commented on by the filmmakers straight away. It is a film about inner barriers, “islands” - isolation, fear and prejudice - on both banks. It is a story about the effort to build a common “bridge.”

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