In the arms of Buddha and the Drum

Documentary on Tuvan life through an old couple Kagai-ools. They live in their yurta at the foot of the sayan mountains in the very middle of asian continent nomadazing with the cattle between the mountain and the step. How the shamanic and lamaistic traditions meet and co-exist.


Original name Rummun ja Buddhan välissä
Subtitles English, French
Genre Documentary
Production year 1997
Production country Finland
Running time 55 min


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Script Christiana Buckhee & Jouko Aaltonen
Cinematography Pertti Veijalainen
Sound recording Jouko Aaltonen
Editing Jouko Aaltonen
Translation Aldynai Seden-Khurak
Assistant director Christiana Buckbee
Assistant Editor Jouni Hiltunen
Pilot study Christiana Buckbee & Heimo Lappalainen
Process shooting Raimo Hiltunen, YLE
Typographic Pirjo Puolakka, YLE
Sound mixer Veijo Lehti, YLE
Sound editor Matti Kuortti
Producer Jouko Aaltonen & Pertti Veijalainen

Screenings and awards


  • 30.11.-0001 Tampere Film Festival 1997 / Finland, State Quality Support, NAFA Festival in Helsinki / Finland
  • 30.11.-0001 Astra Film Festival / Romania
  • 30.11.-0001 Figra Documentary Festival, The Finnish Institute in Paris 2005 / France
  • 30.11.-0001 The Pärnu Festival of Anthropologic Films and Documentaries / Estonia
  • 30.11.-0001 The Berlin Buddhist Film Festival and Freiburg Film Forum / Germany
  • 30.11.-0001 International Festival of Visual arts / Hungary
  • 30.11.-0001 Sibiu Documentary Festival / Romania


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

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