A Glorious Way to Die

  • Director / Writer: Richard Dennison

A documentary on the insane Russian paddlers. They make their own dry suits, life jackets, and raft bladders from parts scavenged from old airplanes & tractors. Then they drive to the mountains of Siberia, hike this gear in with tools and provisions for 2 or 3 weeks on the water. They cut trees and build the catarafts on site.

Then, they paddle some of the most heinous whitewater on earth … High volume, Class 5 & 6 inside steep rock canyons. And they don’t all survive. These rivers kill over 50 rafters each season. This is the video that shows that most bizarre and manly raft – the Russian Bublik!
Commissioned by National Geographic and the ABC
Grand Prix, Best Film Autrans Film Festival, France
Winner, Best Mountain Sport Film- Banff U.S.A.
Best Film – New York Mountain Film Festival
Winner – Students Choice, Trento Film Festival
Best Mountain Film – Czech Republic Film Festival
Special Jury Commendation – Graz,Austria.
Best Film – Proprad Grand Prix.
Mountain Spirit Award – Telluride Mountain Film

Rated: E (exempt from classification)
Duration: 52 mins
Released: 1994