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NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema

Kuun metsän Kaisa

Kaisa's Enchanted Forest

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After a life of ill health, the young Swiss author Robert Crottet feels a calling to go to the Arctic and meet the people of the North. He is welcomed by the Skolt Sámi – and is mesmerized by the richness of their oral traditions, especially the unique storytelling gift of the lively matriarch Kaisa Gauriloff. After being acknowledged by the forest, he is permitted to record the stories and legends as told by Kaisa. These hypnotizing tales are illustrated with delightful storybook-style animation that intertwine with Robert’s biographical impressions as well as grim historical events around them. The war had an appalling impact on the Skolt Sámis’ lives and lands, and no matter how resilient they were, they could not salvage all of their ancient practices. Kaisa’s great-granddaughter Katja Gauriloff directs this film as a portrayal of Robert's poetic admiration of Kaisa and her enchanted world.

Katja Gauriloff

Finland 2016

French, Skolt Sámi, English, German, Finnish

Documentary form
86 min · Black/White & Colour


Written and directed by
Katja Gauriloff
Director of Photography
Enrique Méndez, Heikki Färm
Timo Peltola
Timo Peltola
Sound Design
Timo Peltola, Jukka Nurmela
Veronika Besedina
Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava


Katja Gauriloff

Born in Inari, Finland. She studied film directing in Tampere from 2000 to 2004. She is a film director and a part-owner of the production company Oktober. Her filmography includes the documentaries A Shout into the Wind and Canned Dreams which was presented at Culinary Cinema in 2012.


2007 Huuto tuuleen (A Shout into the Wind) 2012 Säilöttyja unelmia (Canned Dreams) 2016 Kuun metsän Kaisa (Kaisa's Enchanted Forest)

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