In this compelling portrait of an artist’s spiritual and artistic quest for meaning across cultures and times, Cree playwright Floyd Favel from northern Saskatchewan has become obsessed with the century-old mystery of the Tunguska explosion. Equivalent to over a thousand atomic bombs, it rocked the Tunguska region of central Siberia and its Indigenous Evenki inhabitants. Shockwaves were recorded all over the world, but its cause remains hotly debated by scientists worldwide.
Favel decides this will be the subject of his next play and sets out on a journey to the epicentre of the blast to ask Evenki elders and reindeer herders how they explain the explosion. This is no ordinary expedition. Even before Favel leaves home, enigmatic signs and portents make it clear that this voyage will be something far more than a research trip. What Favel experiences will reverberate through to his very soul. The closer he gets to the epicentre, the more his themes for the play unfold — full of pain for the loss of Indigenous cultures, increasingly autobiographical, and punctuated with whispered warnings and psychic struggle.
Funded by Bravo! Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, The Canadian Television Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, and IFC: Independent Film Channel Canada and the support of Evenkia Autonomous Area and the Canadian Embassy to the Russian Federation