Searching Siberia

Searching Siberia
53:00 | 2006

Categories: Documentary, Biography, Arts and Culture, History

Jeni and David are model scouts for IMG Models Paris, and each year they take the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia in search of the next generation of supermodels. As they travel to St. Petersburg, they stop at the remote cities en route—Omsk, Novosibirsk, Nizny Novgorod. At each stop, they hold casting calls where hundreds of hopeful local girls line up—desperate to be selected. Following the scouts on this trip, we discover what makes this trip so essential. Why do they believe they'll find the best contenders for the next supermodel in remote parts of Russia? Why do some faces make the grade and others not? And once the women are chosen, how do their lives change?


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March 7, 2015
This is hardly a documentary. I'd call it footage from a trip by some talent scouts. It has a ridiculous narrator and maybe the script was written by an advertising company for a modeling agency? Don't waste your time.
February 24, 2015
February 1, 2015
Not so much a documentary, as video brochure handed out at the end of a tour of a meat packing facility. The narrator constantly tries to direct your attention towards the aesthetics of the countryside: the breath-taking beauty of scraggly trees and muddy open spaces found only in the middle of quaint, poor, rural eurasia (or the parking lot of a shuttered steel mill in Flint, Michigan). These girls are the last and only hope of eager parents desperate to travel to Paris or Milan. Perhaps the girl will defect from her family whilst traveling abroad to save herself, maybe she gains a few pounds eating decent food, either way, with her looks, if she doesn't get that contract to model she'll likely do porn. Perry Farrell, vocalist of Jane's Addiction, knew this first hand; wrote a song about it: Porno For Pyros – Cursed Female "Cursed Female" as written by Stephen Perkins, Martyn Lenoble, Peter Distefano and Perry Farrell.... Cursed to be born Beautiful, poor and female There's none that suffer more She's the queen of the bees That buzz in the bars Fresh as a strawberry And she always loved dancing Cursed to be born Beautiful, poor and female There's none that suffer more Two girls in two nights Got caught in the back of the alleyway Fresh as strawberries Two girls in two nights When no one came out Zipped up their clothes And walked back on home Cursed to be born Beautiful, poor and female There's none that suffer more
joseph chavez
January 17, 2015
I did enjoy the narrator's accent
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