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Film Screening: Gugara

March 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

In the Evenky language, Gugara means the sound of a bell hanging from a reindeer’s neck. For centuries, it was one of the few sounds you could hear in the Taiga. Russian imperialism, modernity, and climate change have swiftly altered the rhythm of Evenky life and the sacred bond this rhythm shared with the reindeer. Directed by Polish filmmakers, Andrzej Dybczak, and Jacek Naglowski, Gugara is as beautiful as it is devastating. The rhythm of the film, and its pace, attempt to replicate the radical and recent shift from life with herd to village life for the viewer. At times, the film sways from being solely an observational documentary, and through breathtaking cinematography, highlights the breadth of what ultimately has been taken away from the Evenky; the land and sky, the sun and moon, the lakes and rivers and forests that they and their ancestors have spent living intimately alongside the reindeer of the Taiga since time immemorial.

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What to Bring: Establishment is cash only. Serving coffee, tea, spirits, wine, and beer

Presented by Nicholas Loess, an award winning local filmmaker and programmer for the Guelph Film Festival. He’s lived and worked in Guelph for the past 12 years.


March 22, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Common
36 Wilson St
Guelph, Ontario N1H 2Z2 Canada
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