The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga

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Following fairy-tales and personal memories like a trail of breadcrumbs, The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga descends into Eastern Europe’s haunted woodlands to uncover the secrets and bloody histories that shape our understanding of man’s place in nature.


About the Director

Still from The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga. Jessica Oreck looks down and to the right of the camera and smiles. Black and white portrait.Jessica Oreck makes projects large and small that hope to re-inspire a sense of wonder about the world of the every-day.  She’s made a few features, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys, and The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga that all focus on ethnobiology. And she makes shorts too, like the recently released web series, Mysteries of Vernacular. She considers her second home the American Museum of Natural History where she sometimes works as a live animal keeper and docent.


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The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga had its US premiere at the True/False Film Festival in 2014. Since then, the film has been featured in festivals worldwide and throughout the US. In 2014, it screened at New Directors/New Films in New York City, the Sarasota Film Festival, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, and the Singapore International Film Festival, among many others.

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga has also premiered in Russia, Germany, Greece, Poland, Armenia, England, Turkey, and South Korea.