olga

Olga Kirilova is the main person of the film. She is a reindeer herder at the of Tundra reindeer collective, Lovozero, Murmansk oblast, Russia.

 

sledge

Olga is a skilled herder and prefers to use reindeers for transports. Snowmobiles are too fragile for the cold and harsh climate.

 

lovozeroherd

The Sami’s or the laps, are the indigenous people northern Scandinavia. Four countries, Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland, divide Lapland.  Reindeers are the most important animals here.

 

herder

Only very special reindeers bull can be used to pull a sledge. To train a good pulling team takes thousands of hours.

 

brigadeheard

Many Sami’s has learned to handle the lasso before they learned to walk.

 

auroraskulls

A Russian poacher killed this reindeer. The big reindeer herds disappeared with the chaos that followed the perestroika.

 

pa_simma

To make this film you have not only to talk the Talk, but also to walk the Walk, says director Paul-Anders Simma. He is himself a Sami and a reindeer owner. Photo  © : Sunna Simma

 

Music can be downloaded and used in radio when the film “Olga” is mentioned. Music is composed and performed by Esa Kotilainen.

Start music:

Final music score:

 

AWARDS:

AL Jazeera Deocumentary Film Festival 2015

EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.

 

 

REVIEWS:

1) HOT DOCS, Toronto, Canada.
2) Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, USA.
3) Mask, Hong kong.