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Seven Songs from the Tundra

5 March 2023

Run Time

90 mins
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Animal Sacrifice Blood / gore Mild physical violence

Presenting the first UK retrospective of acclaimed filmmaking duo Anastasia Lapsui (Nenets, born 1944, Yamal Peninsula, USSR) & Markku Lehmuskallio (born 1938, Rauma, Finland). Their narrative and documentary features made across four decades centre people, stories and perspectives indigenous to the Arctic Circle, particularly the Nenets, a nomadic tribe living for centuries in regions of the Extreme North.

Followed by a Q&A with Johannes Lehmuskallio

Seven Songs from the Tundra

Seitsemän laulua tundralta

An anthology of stories made collaboratively with the Nenets, an indigenous nomadic people of the Russian tundra under modern Communist rule. Beautifully composed from both archive material and cinematography, the film blends fiction and documentary to produce a vivid portrait of Nenets culture as told and performed by the people themselves. As the first feature film made in the Nenets language, Seven Songs makes an important contribution to contemporary indigenous cinema and a timely intervention into continuing calls for decolonization in Russia.






Dialogue Languages

Nenets Russian

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Content Warnings

Animal Sacrifice Blood / gore Mild physical violence

Primary Contact

Jenni Domingo

Distribution (Film Festivals)

Jenni Domingo