Taiga Nomads I

The Evenks live in Siberia, in the east side of the Jenisei River. There are approximately 28 000 Evenks. The autonomic Evenkiysky District is sparsely inhabited taiga. There are no roads and reindeer and helicopters are used as means of transport. The connections to the rest of the world are poor and the climate is harsh, especially in the winter; in December and January the temperature can be 50 degrees below zero. The primary sources of livelihood are reindeer management, hunting and fishing. The Evenks are nomands, who wander along with the reindeer. “Taiga Nomads” portrays the life of the Evenks in the last year of the Soviet administration.

Sasha Archemku and his family are the sovkhoz’s reindeer brigade number 6. The family wanders around the taiga leading the traditional way of life. They have several new camps every year.


Original name Taigan kansalaisia I: Tuhat kotia Taigalla
Subtitles English
Genre Documentary
Production year 1992
Production country Finland


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Heimo Lappalainen (also scriptwriter)
Cinematography Pertti Veijalainen
Sound recording Jouko Aaltonen
Editing Jouko Aaltonen
Sound effects Antero Honkanen
Sound mix Matti Nuotio
Film negative editor Hilkka Koskinen
Translator Natalia Glukhova
Interpreter & production assistant Natalja Pavlova
Producer Jouko Aaltonen & Heimo Lappalainen
Sound editor Matti Kuortti
Color grading (YLE) Seppo Virtanen

Screenings and awards


  • 30.11.-0001 Göttingen film festival 1993: Main Prize / Germany
  • 30.11.-0001 Pärnu Film Festival 1993: Grand Prize / Estonia
  • 30.11.-0001 Fondazione Medikinale International Parma 1993: Prix Leonardo, Festival dei Popoli Florence / Italy
  • 30.11.-0001 Northern Traveling Film Festival 2004 / Russia
  • 30.11.-0001 Cinema du Reel, The Finnish Institute in Paris 2005 / France
  • 30.11.-0001 Finnish State Quality Support, Tampere International Short Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival Sodankylä, Espoo Cine / Finland
  • 30.11.-0001 Margaret Mead Film Festival / USA
  • 30.11.-0001 NAFA Film Festival Reykjavik / Iceland


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

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