Yakutia 24 TV channel: Arktikfilm Yakut company shoots a documentary about Englishwoman Kat Marsden, who came from Britain to the republic in the XIX century to search for a cure for leprosy, that is a healing herb that grows in Yakut taiga.
Filming has already begun in Yakutsk and Vilyuisk and will end on March 1. “We invited for filming cameraman David Waldman and Mrs. Felicity Aston, a British scientist, meteorologist, traveler, and the first woman to cross Antarctica, who had participated in expeditions in the Arctic and Greenland,” says the project leader, producer, and Sakhatheater actress named after P. A. Oyunsky Tamara Obutova.
The full shooting is to be completed in the fall of 2020. As Obutova notes, the project is currently not funded, the team is enthusiastic, and the picture is positioned as an independent movie. She also added that scientists from the Institute of Biological Problems of Cryolithozone of the SB RAS and the Medical Institute of NEFU are working on a study of the properties of the plant that the heroine of the film was looking for.
Kat Marsden was an English sister of mercy who devoted her life to saving people from leprosy. In February 1891, she went to Yakutia and crossed almost all of Russia on a sleigh. In 1892, thanks to her activities, a hospital for leprosy patients was opened in the village of Sosnovka, Vilyui district. Marsden described her journey in a book “On a sleigh and riding a horse to exiled Siberian lepers”.