Anerca, Breath of Life
Anerca, elämän hengitys
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Presenting a panoramic view of the numerous Indigenous peoples of the Arctic Circle, each with their own daily customs, habits, histories and struggles, the father-son filmmaking team of Markku and Johannes Lehmuskallio adopt an array of visual styles as diverse and complex as their subjects.
One by one, each people’s artistic heritages, modern political realities, and connection to the land are illustrated by dreams, oral histories, performances, ceremonies, and hunting practices, and a complex tension emerges between centuries-old ways of life and the current hegemony.
"Lyrical… Not so much a documentary as an attempt to connect with the soul of each of the cultures it visits… Through the art, dance and music of, among others, the Yupik of Alaska, the Haida of Canada, the Selkups, Nenets and Nganasans of Russia and the Sami of Scandinavia, the film pieces together an account of peoples connected physically and spiritually to the land, who don’t do so well when the attachment is broken." - Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
Most Innovative Feature, Visions du Réel 20
Johannes Lehmuskallio, Markku Lehmuskallio
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Director – Johannes Lehmuskallio
Born 1973, cinematographer and now co-director Johannes Lehmuskallio started his career in film as an actor. Later he has worked as a camera assistant, sound recordist and still photographer, and has designed film posters and brochures. After holding his own photography exhibitions and shooting commercials, music videos and short films, Lehmuskallio has found success on the festival circuit as a cinematographer. He previously collaborated with his parents as a co-director on the feature documentary Pyha (2017).
Director – Markku Lehmuskallio
Finnish director/cinematographer/editor Markku Lehmuskallio has been making films about Indigenous lives, art and music since the 1980s, sometimes with his partner Anastasia Lapsui, a Nenets indigenous person, and now with his son, Johannes. Lehmuskallio lived 5 years in the Russian tundra with the nomad people. His work has regularly been acclaimed at the Finnish Jussi awards.