THE MAN FROM THE MOON
This documentary film is a story about the Great Russian traveler, humanist and scientist Nikolay Nikolaevich Miklouho-Maclay. The descendants of the local residents – Papuans, who saw for the first time a white man – “The Man from the Moon”, tell about his amazing discoveries in New Guinea, about his life in Russia and Australia, about the heritage that he left as an ethnographer and anthropologist.
The main theme of the film about the adventures and research of the Great Russian scientist in XIX century is the modern expedition to the Maclay Coast, conducted by the descendant of Miklouho-Maclay and his full namesake Nickolay in XXI century.
The viewer will have an opportunity to compare the two expeditions, the time interval between which is more than a hundred years; to learn some interesting facts about the life of the Great traveler among the natives, his love stories; to look at the rare photos and drawings made by the scientist during his stay on the Island; to read the quotes from his diaries.
The extremely accurate narration, based on archival documents and made in collaboration with experts from the Miklouho-Maclay Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS, can make it clear what a creative feat in the name of science and humanity made the Great traveler.
The film is a unique example of the revival and preservation of traditions through generations, both among scientists who studied this region and the descendants of Miklouho-Maclay, and among the local Papuans. It promotes cultural and scientific interaction between Russia and Papua New Guinea. It allows to expand the boundaries of knowledge in history and geography among Russians. It still promotes the relevant humanistic ideas of N. N. Miklouho-Maclay and serves a guidance for the younger generation.
The film is relevant for the Russian younger generation — middle and high school pupils, college and university students, young professionals and scientists, as well as for the older generation, which is familiar with the personality of Miklouho-Maclay by the school curriculum.