#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Dixon’s Heart documentary can be watched on the Foma Kino YouTube channel. The film director is Svetlana Nehorosheva, the director and creative producer is Igor Meshchan.
The film tells about the fate of the Dixon church first rector (now deceased) and his family, as well as about how this Orthodox parish lives today.
The picture’s main characters are Elena and Roman Trofimov. A native Odessa woman and a Diksonian met at the Maritime University in Odessa. An excellent student from an intelligent family and a young man from the family of a party worker went to the “end of the world”. In 2010, the Dixon inhabitants began to build a church in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. A year later Roman was ordained first to the deacons, and then to the priesthood. The temple healed, and the village found its center of attraction.
Filming in the northernmost settlement of the Taimyr peninsula and in Norilsk lasted several months and ended in July 2022. The documentary team traveled to the Arctic village by helicopter. Vladyka Agafangel, Bishop of Norilsk and Turuhansk, visits Dixon every year and supports the ministry that Father Roman, his spiritual child, started there.
“We have distances between parishes measured in hundreds of kilometers: 800, 1000, 1100 kilometers”, the bishop said in an interview with the film crew. “For us, these are natural conditions of life. Winter lasts nine months in the Far North. Here the climatic conditions are extremely severe. We visit our parishes on boats, helicopters, icebreakers, and cars on the ice road. And it is not always possible to get to the settlement on the first attempt, because there is bad weather, winds …”
Earlier, we also told how the Norilsk and Taimyr people celebrated Christmas in severe frost and celebrated the Feast of Epiphany with ablutions in the river.
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Text: Marina Horoshevskaya, Photo: Foma Kino film crew