in about 100 words or less
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov
This is the simple story of Dersu Uzala, an old Nanai hunter who befriends a group of soldiers who are mapping the Russian Taiga. Alone and in need of food and company, Dersu agrees to stay on with the group as their guide. Despite some initial apprehension, the company soon realizes the value of Dersu’s traditional knowledge and skill. More than a story of friendship, this is a thoughtful and beautiful film which contrasts the values of traditional and modern cultures and our diminished understanding of our place within nature (Klaus Ming January 2015).