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Seitsemän laulua tundralta

Seven Songs from the Tundra

Like a ballad "Seitsemän laulua tundralta", stretching over seven songs, tells about the life of the Nenets, a nomad people in northern Russia. During Soviet times harassment and the pressure to assimilate increasingly took over their everyday life. After teaming up to film a series of documentaries on the life of the Nenets people in the 1990s, Markku Lehmuskallio and Anastasia Lapsui came up with the idea of making a feature film that "would be more expressive, multi-faceted and free". Anastasia Lapsui, herself a Nenet by birth, wrote the script in which she recreates the legends and her own experiences, and the film was made with amateur actors. "Seitsemän laulua tundralta" is the first feature film to be made in the Nenets language.

Finland 2000, 85 min


Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio


Vitalina Hudi
Hatjako Yzangi
Gregory Anaguritsi
Nadezhda Volodeeva
Nadeshda Horotetto