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Here I am going to publish films that I make, mostly telling stories about people and places around the world.

4 AMIGOS _ ARGENTINA UNEXPECTED

Argentina wasn’t a planned destination, but sometimes you follow the road and good company:) A little snippet of the carnival in Tilcara together with 4 friends from Argentina, who I met in Bolivia and who’d been roaming around the South America. Filmed on the way from Salt Flats (Salar Uyuni), Bolivia to Tilcara carnival, Argenina in February 2017.

 

JUNGLE SURVIVAL IN BOLIVIA

Filmed in February 2017. One of the craziest and memorable travel experiences I’ve had so far – a 5-day survival in the jungle of the Amazon basin in Bolivia. I went with a local indigenous guide Valdemar, from the Takana ethnic group. Catching fish and looking for fruits, cooking river water, sleeping in just a tiny mosquito net… But the biggest concern was not to encounter jaguars or giant snakes, which heavily populate this area. Keeping machete closer to heart:)

 

CUBAN TALKING RUSSIAN MOONSHINE

Filmed in Viñales, Cuba in August 2016.

Jose from Cuba studied in Odessa, then Soviet Union, in the 1980s. He still remembers in great detail the day he tried Russian samogon (moonshine) for the first time. He tells his story in perfect Russian.

 

STOMPING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

In May 2016 I went on a week-long hike to the Appalachian Trail with 2 friends. We hiked the 70-mile long  New Jersey section. Amazing week full of walking, camping, taking showers in ice-cold streams and wearing a bright pink bear whistle:)

 

CLIMBING LA MALINCHE VOLCANO

La Malinche is an inactive volcano in Tlaxcala, Mexico, 4,461m high. It was a lot of fun climbing it. I went by myself, and met some amazing locals en route. No tourists spotted, which I loved.

 

UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART

A very short snippet into the mystical Underwater Museum in Isla Mujeres, Mexico (2016). The mesmerizing music is from Le Grand Bleu, I can listen to it over and over again..

 

BEACH BOYS (LOMBOK ISLAND, INDONESIA)

About life of the many ‘beach boys’ in South Asian countries. Not the ones from popular touristic beaches, but smaller and more remote ones. Rent surfing boards and occasionally give surfing lessons. Play instruments and sing with your friends and cousins. Make a bonfire in the evening. Just enjoy life slowly, smoothly, as a community.

Filmed in Selong Beach (not far from Kuta, Lombok Island), Indonesia.

 

FLORES TO LOMBOK BOAT LIFE

Filmed during the 3-day boat journey from Island Flores to island Lombok, Indonesia.
Some sketches from the boat life.

 

GOING NUTS

About trying an indigenous delicacy – euphoric beetle nuts – being lost deep in the island of Flores, Indonesia. The film was shot in the village of Belaraghi, one of the few remaining Ngadha culture villages.

 

BLACK & WHITE

This is how we spent evenings in Bajawa (Flores Island, Indonesia), a little Jamaica:) I recorded the song at the opening reception of the Tourist Information and Eco-Tourism Center of Bajawa.

Hitam Putih (or Black and White in Indonesian) is to-date my favorite song!

 

KALIMANTAN: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE INDONESIAN AMAZON

The film was shot during a 3-day trip to the jungle in search of orangutans. Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. March 2015.

 

IN COLD BLOOD

The film about me trying cobra blood:) Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2015

 

 NEW ZEALAND HAS IT ALL

New Zealand is a very landscape diverse and mezmerising country and a true paradise for a hiker. The weather is a true fun and challenge: heaviest rains, trippy thick fogs, blazing sun.

I hiked and hitch-hiked all around the South Island of New Zealand for a month in January-February (their summer). Places in the video: the Caitlins National Park, Kepler Track, Routeburn Track, Abel Tasman Track, Milford Sound Fiords.

 

AARTI CEREMONY ON THE GANGA RIVER

This film was shot in 2015 during the daily Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganga river by Parmath Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, Northern India.

Aarti – is a beautiful Hindu ceremony of expressing gratitude to the Gods and the Sun. It is usually performed at the sunset. Everyone gathers to chant, pray, give thanks, wash in the Ganga and light torches.

 

BUNGEE JUMPING INTO THE NEW YEAR

The video was shot on December 31, 2014 in Pokhara, Nepal. I decided to bungee jump into the New 2015 Year:) It was very refreshing!

 

TEACHING IN A BUDDHIST MONASTERY

Filmed in Khadamba monastery on the outskirts of Kathmansu, Nepal.
Some sketches from teaching English in Nepal. Teacher volunteers are a French girl and a British guy Paul. After the classes the little monks rush to get a place in a line to get lunch.

 

LITTLE BUDDHISTS’ MEAL PRAYER

Shot in Khadamba monastery. Kathmandu, Nepal.
Before each meal the little Buddhist monks sing a prayer. Notice an elder monk with a stick disciplining boys in the end.

 

PARAGLIDING IN NEPAL

The video was shot while paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal with the pilot, recommended as the ‘craziest in town’. Of course, he turned out to be Russian:)

 

BIG FAT NEPALI WEDDING

Film ‘Big Fat Nepali Wedding’ was shot at the wedding of Manju and Ganesh in Kathmandu, Nepal in December 2014.

 

EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK

In November-December 2014 I spontaneously went to the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. I flew into the most dangerous airport on the planet – Lukla airport and from there trekked for a little over two weeks. Mt. Kalapathar (5,545m), Everest Base Camp (5,364m), and then via the dangerously icy Cho La Pass (glacier) to Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri (5,360m). On day 3 I met 3 great new friends and we did the entire itinerary together!

 

UNSTOPPABLE. ACHILLES INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES.

This film is a part of the Russian-American film project on disability ‘Media-Enabled Musketeers’. It is about the New York chapter of Achilles International, sports club for disabled runners. Shot in New York, USA in the spring of 2014.

Screenings:

♥ DCTV (Downtown TV Community Center). New York, August 2014

♥ Moscow Documentary Film Center. September 2014

♥ HBO HQ in New York. October 2014. Project Finale

♥ Reelabilities: Disabilities Film Festival. New York, March 2015

6 Comments:

  1. That paragliding video is crazy! Love it!

  2. Wow, you are BRAVE paragliding and bungee jumping ….. I am still debating if I want to try that or not! So far a 10 metre jump while canyoning is as far as I’ve gone.

    • Take it step by step, girl:) Plus I’d still be afraid to jump 10 meters, no question:) Try paragliding first then, it’s more entertaining than scary!

  3. Wohoow! Some crazy, scary things you guys did there :D

  4. This is AWESOME! You are soooooo coooool! You are a FREE SPIRIT! Bravo Lena!

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