Scene from the film How Big Is the Galaxy?
Scene from the film How Big Is the Galaxy?
Scene from the film How Big Is the Galaxy?

How Big Is the Galaxy?

  • Russia
  • Estonia
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Zakhar lives among the vast Arctic spaces of Siberia, 100 miles away from human dwellings. He is 7, but he has his own reindeer and tundra for pasture. One day his nomad family is joined by a teacher, sent by the authorities to explain to the kids why why they need math and Putin. It’s the 1st grade for Zakhar and the 3rd for his brother Prokopy. The teacher is supposed to give them a standard set of knowledge, but Zakhar craves answers to millions questions about the world. We come to see how rigid the adult thinking is compared to the boy’s inquiring mind.

The schooling also bolsters the friendly rival between the brothers. Prokopy is bigger and stronger, but Zakhar is smarter. Small but exciting things happen to the children every day, and each errand turns into a thrilling adventure.


  • Original Title
    How Big Is the Galaxy?
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ksenia Elyan
  • Cinematography
    Ksenia Elyan
  • Editing
    Evgenia Ostanina, Ksenia Elyan, Tomáš Doruška
  • Music
    Lusia Kazaryan-Topchyan
  • Runtime
    73 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Russia
    • Estonia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IDFA (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
    • DocPoint Tallinn (Tallinn, Estonia)
    • Millenium IFF (Brussels, Belgium)
    • Taiwan International Documentary Festival (Taipei, Taiwan)
    • Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival (Oulu, Finland)
    • Festival du cinema Russe (Honfleur, France)
    • Message to Man IFF (St Petersburg, Russia)
    • Zlin IFF for Children and Youth (Czech Repubic)
  • Awards
    • DOKer Moscow IDFF - Best Full-Length Documentary
    • Message to Man IFF - Best National Documentary
    • European Children’s Film Association (EFCA) Awards 2020 - Best European Documentary
    • Zlin IFF for Children and Youth - Best European Documentary for Young Audience is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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