During the last decade, Sakha Republic (Yakutia) has witnessed a phenomena now called “Yakutian Hollywood” – moviemaking has grown rapidly from hobby cameramen and real local box office competition to Hollywood blockbusters. Today, numerous locally-made movies keep appearing in theaters and their popularity is expanding. Films are often low-budget, practically amateur video productions, that have nevertheless found their way to enthusiastic audiences.
The Siberian indigenous peoples of Yakutia are using film both as a mechanism of self-expression and as a tool in the process of political recognition. Cinema is seen by many as a strong means for promoting national culture.
Yakutian film production is extremely diverse, boasting a range of genres, from comedy and horror to art house and drama.