Return to Taiga

A lot can happen in three years. When Illume Ltd’s filming group filmed the Taiga Nomads –trilogy, the Soviet Union still existed. In 1994 the same group returned to show the completed films, meet friends and see how the life in the district had changed. How was Sasha, Vaska, Sveta, Uljana and old Nikolai?

Return to Taiga is a film about the terms of life and death. How can a small indigenous people survive and maintain their way of life in a great turning point? The film is both informative and intimate. It also was the last film of anthropologist Heimo Lappalainen.


Original name Paluu Taigalle
Original language Evenki language
Subtitles English
Genre Documentary
Production year 1994
Production country Finland
Running time 32 min


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Heimo Lappalainen (also scriptwriter)
Script Heimo Lappalainen, Jouko Aaltonen, Pertti Veijalainen
Cinematography Pertti Veijalainen
Sound design Jouko Aaltonen
Editing Jouko Aaltonen
Producer Pertti Veijalainen

Screenings and awards


  • 30.11.-0001 Pärnu Festival: Commendation / Estonia
  • 30.11.-0001 Bilan du film Etnographic / France
  • 30.11.-0001 Tampere Film Festival / Finland
  • 30.11.-0001 NAFA Festival In Copenhagen / Denmark
  • 30.11.-0001 Sibiu Dokumentary Festival / Romania


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

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