Liivo Niglas, Priit Tender, Estonia, 2015, Estonian and Russian with English subtitles, 68 Minuten

Journey to the Maggot Feeder

This film tries to solve the mystery of a bizarre Arctic fairy tale. Priit Tender, an Estonian animator, makes a film about an old Chukchi legend – The Maggot Feeder. The unconventional narrative is misunderstood by western audiences and Priit takes off on a journey to Chukotka in the north-eastern corner of Siberia, where he unearths deeper layers of the tale and local culture. This anthropological road movie deals with the importance of storytelling and it invites the viewers to undertake a journey into the depths of the Chukchi inner world.

Filmmaker: Liivo Niglas (1970) is an Estonian documentary filmmaker and ethnologist. He runs an independent production company, MP DOC, for anthropological documentary films. He has made films in Siberia, Africa, Central Asia and North America. His films have won numerous awards including „Prix IUCN“ at the Vision du Reel in Switzerland or Grand Prix at the International Festival of Ethnological Film in Serbia.