Super-model Irina Pantaeva grew up in a remote Siberian village in a family of shamans and artists during the final years of Soviet rule. At age 14, she started working with a local clothing designer as a model. Fashion was equated with capitalism, and she was stigmatized and labeled a prostitute. In 1991, after auditioning for Pierre Cardin's first Moscow show, Irina's career took off, leading her to Paris, then New York. Fourteen years later, Siberia is still close to her heart. Irina and her son, Ruslan, take us back to gain insight into their ancient Buryat-Mongol culture that resisted assimilation during the Soviet period. While Irina has made a name for herself on the runway and as an author, this is the first time the Buryat-Mongol story has been shared on screen. Irina's family of artists and shaman unravel Buryatia's hidden history as SIBERIAN DREAM celebrates their endangered Central Asian culture.
**Winner Cine Golden Eagle Award**