Jessica Oreck’s un-narrated film documents the lives of a family of reindeer herders in Finland’s arctic tundra while making much of the contrasts between traditional and contemporary practices. Reindeer-pulled sleighs are employed for tourist amusement, but the real work of herding is done using ATVs, snowmobiles, and a helicopter. The landscape is beautiful, but watching the gruesome work of field dressing slaughtered animals can be stomach-churning. The film’s not so much about survival as it is about modern adaptation to a traditional lifestyle. Not rated. 84 minutes. In Finnish with subtitles. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.
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