"Seven Songs from the Tundra"
Directed by Anastasia Lapsui / Markku Lehmuskallio
Filmmaker Anastasia Lapsui, a Nenet who hails from the
Russian tundra, has combined the legends of her indigenous people with
personal experiences in order to convey life under Communist rule. Unfolding
in seven separate stories, 7 Songs from the Tundra (Seitseman
Laulua Tundralta) offers an impressionist view of an ancient culture
caught between nomadic traditions and enforced modernity. Behind the film's
mythic allusions is a story of identity and resistance. "It's the small
details of Nenet life, captured in grainy black-and-white images, that
fascinate in this strangely beautiful film" Variety. Winner of the
Press Award at the Paris Film Festival. In Nenets and Russian with optional
English and French subtitles. 85 minutes.