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The Story of Fenist

Documentary, 47 min, Russian and English (with English subtitles), 2001, new version 2012

The Story of Fenist
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This documentary tells the story of the great Russian puppeteer Igor Fokin who entranced children and adults alike with his memorable performances in Harvard Square – where a statue stands of one of his puppets - from 1994 until his untimely death in 1996. The film includes a parallel story to Fokin’s artistic struggles based on the Russian fairy-tale,"Fenist the Bright Falcon", about a magical bird that, overcoming great odds, reaches its star. Two children provide the delightful narration.

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Award of Merit for Short Documentary and Creativity/Originality, Indie Fest Awards, 2010

Official Selection,

NewFilmmakers, NY 2010

Best Director,

NYIFVF, 2001


Jim Henson Puppet Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York, November, 2011

64th Cannes Film Festival,

France, May, 2011


NY, 2010

The Center For Puppetry Arts,

Atlanta, February, 2010

Brattle Theatre,

September, 2001

Production Team


Yelena Demikovsky 



Ali Farhoodi

Sergei Rakhomiagui



Chris Lewis

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