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A day in the life of a Cossack warrior - Alex Gendler

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The year is 1676, and a treaty has officially ended hostilities between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire. Despite a serene sunset on the Dnipro river, the mood is tense for the Zaporozhian Cossacks. Renowned as one of Europe’s most formidable military forces, they are in the midst of a power struggle. Alex Gendler outlines a day in the life of a Cossack soldier.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director WOW-HOW Studio
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Alex Isaev, Daria Kachan , Tatiana Koroleva
  • Art Director Victor Zhuravliov
  • Storyboard Artist Victor Zhuravliov
  • Illustrator Victor Zhuravliov, Nikita Bondarenko, Anna Aleksandrova
  • Animator Konstantin Bunovsky, Dmitrii Zakharchuk, Elmar Aleskerov
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-checker Rebekah Barnett
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The Cossacks have also been featured in countless fictional portrayals from Repin’s famous painting, to novels by Gogol and Tolstoy, to poems by Byron and Pushkin. For more realistic accounts, there are several books on the history of the cossacks, as well as reporting on their more recent role in Russia’s conflicts.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director WOW-HOW Studio
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Alex Isaev, Daria Kachan , Tatiana Koroleva
  • Art Director Victor Zhuravliov
  • Storyboard Artist Victor Zhuravliov
  • Illustrator Victor Zhuravliov, Nikita Bondarenko, Anna Aleksandrova
  • Animator Konstantin Bunovsky, Dmitrii Zakharchuk, Elmar Aleskerov
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-checker Rebekah Barnett
  • See more