(90-minute Director’s cut)

Director’s cut of the documentary film “The Man from the Moon” will be premiered on November 14 at the Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum. This film will leave nobody indifferent, because of the story and the unique material filmed in Papua New Guinea.

The film is dedicated to the Great humanist, scientist and fearless traveler, the “Man from the Moon”, as the local Papua New Guineans used to call Nikolay Miklouho-Maclay.

A unique journey to Papua New Guinea on the trail of Miklouho-Maclay was made in the 21th century by his descendant from Russia and full namesake, Nickolay Miklouho-Maclay.


(36-minute documentary film)

This documentary film (91min) is a story about the Great Russian traveler, humanist and scientist Nikolay Nikolaevich Miklouho-Maclay. The descendants of the local residents, Papua New Guineans, 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 legacy that he left as an ethnographer, anthropologist and humanist who defended the rights of the local people in the 19th century.


The main theme of the film about the adventures and research of the Great Russian scientist in the 19th century is the modern expedition to the Maclay Coast, conducted by the descendant of Miklouho-Maclay and his full namesake Nickolay in 21st 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 Papua New Guineans; 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 film has an 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 the Great traveler had made.

Saint-Petersburg Education Committee expert conclusion / Expert conclusion on the possibility of showing the film in Educational Institutions of Saint-Petersburg.  (Download conclusion)

(Download conclusion)

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 Papua New Guineans.

The memory of the common history started in the 19th century with the friendship between Maclay and Tui, the Chief of a clan on the North-East of New Guinea (Maclay Coast) contributes to the scientific and cultural interaction between Russia and Papua New Guinea. It still promotes the relevant humanistic ideas of N.N. Miklouho-Maclay and serves as a guidance for the younger generation.

The documentary film “THE MAN FROM THE MOON” in Russian was shown for the first time at the Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum in November 2018 and immediately received many positive comments. This film in English was presented in Papua New Guinea during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit in November 2018.


Thanks to SONY company for the equipment provided for filming.

The film was shot with the assistance of the film company “Two captains”