Savoniha: A Siberian Old Believer (1997)

Genres - History, Spirituality & Philosophy  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Religions & Belief Systems, Social History  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Michael McGrath

Savoniha is a 95-year-old Siberian woman and one of the "Old Believers." The Old Believers are a splinter group of the Russian Orthodox Church, a sect exiled to Siberia centuries ago that has lived there ever since. The video explores the history of the Old Believers, but concentrates mostly on Savoniha's own life and memories. She survived Joseph Stalin's anti-religious campaign, and talks of her father, one of the victims of the campaign and also one of the Siberian Old Believers' most influential representatives during that difficult time.