Documentary Films


a film by René Harder

a LICHTBLICK FILM production
in co-production with Relation04 Media and ZDF/ Arte
in collaboration with Film- und Medienboard NRW, FFA, DFFF,
Robert Bosch Stiftung, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Filmcamp

Release Germany: W-film
World Sales: Illumina Films

84 minutes and 52 Minutes / Color / HD, DCP 24fps, Blu-ray

Way up in the far northwest of the Russian Tundra lies the picturesque village of Krasnoschchelye. Its inhabitants, indigenous Sámi people, live from the ancient tradition of reindeer husbandry. Once a year the reindeer herders are celebrated for their labors in a festival that features a reindeer sleigh race where they can display their skills. But the kolkhoz is insolvent and it looks like the festival might have to be cancelled – a symbol of the Sámi tradition and culture in Russia, currently threatened with extinction. 30 year old Sasha, a member of the newly founded Sámi parliament in Russia fights for the festival and the survival of her village.

script / direction: René Harder
producer: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
co-producer: Karl Emil Rikardsen
commissioning editiors: Anne Even, Olaf Grunert (ZDF/arte); Hans Eirik Voktor (NNFS)
DoP: Dan Jåma
editor: Anika Simon
music: Martin Tingvall, Micheal Klaukien, Andreas Lonardoni
2nd camera: René Harder


'Planet in Focus', Canada, 06.11-09.11.14
Worldpremiere 'Semaine de la Critique', Festival de Film Locano, 11.08.2014

Graz, Moutnainfilm International Filmfestival, 11.11.2016
Budapest, Verzio Documentary Film Festival, 12.11.2016