Human Stories 52'

Komi - a journey across the Arctic

Alexei and Vassili are Komi, one of the most ancient indigenous people of Siberia. They live with their wives and children close to the Arctic Circle and are the last reindeer herders of this region.

Every autumn, in order to feed their animals, they cross the Urals into Asia to escape the intense Siberian winters. The four-month trip is long and perilous for these families and their 5,000 reindeer.

The director and his crew followed the family during the two major annual migrations. They captured an authentic portrayal of this impressive, harsh existence that is in perfect symbiosis with nature.

Direction: Andreas Voigt

Production: Seppia Films & Barbara Etz Filmproduktion for France Télévisions & SWR

Languages: French, Brazilian Portuguese, Español, English

awards & festivals

  • Orobie Festival (Italy)

    Grand Prize

  • Open Russian Anthropological Film Festival (Russia)

    Official Selection

  • The Archaeology Channel Festival (United States)

    Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Most Inspirational, Honorable Mention For Narration and Script

  • Film Festival of Salechard (Russia)

    Governor Prize

  • International Film Festival of Roshd (Iran)

    Main Prize

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