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Documentary film  58'  2019 

"A beautiful and profound documentary exploration

about cultural memory and identity. Northern Travelogues is a time bridge over a century of epochal change

in the land of an ancient people." 

-Antti Alanen, Film Diary

In 1917 Finnish explorer Sakari Pälsi travelled to north-eastern Siberia carrying a cinematograph and 13,000 feet of film with him. The journey birthed a unique documentary film and a travelogue.


A hundred years later director Kira Jääskeläinen returns to the Bering strait in Pälsi's footsteps. By combining old and new film footage, Pälsi's notes and the stories of the local Indigenous peoples, the film tells the story of the Chukchi and Siberian Eskimos from the days gone by till today. 




Jouko Aaltonen / Illume Oy 

+358 504315385



Grand Prix of Feature-length Films Competition, Golden Raven International Arctic Film Festival, Anadyr, Russia, 2019


Best Scientific Recording, Pärnu Film Festival, Pärnu, Estonia, 2019


Special Prize by the Documentary Jury, International Festival Rendezvous with Russia, Vologda, Russia, 2019 


Special Prize for the Best foreign film about Russia, International Festival Rendezvous with Russia, Vologda, Russia, 2019  

Special Prize by the Jury of Documentary  Feature Competition, Anchorage International Film Festival, Anchorage, Alaska 2019 

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Photo by Joona Pettersson

Selected screenings 


National Competition, Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland 2019  

Documentary Competition, Arctic Open Film Festival, Archangelsk, Russia, 2019 

Documentary Competition, Northern Character International Film & Tv Festival, Murmansk, Russia, 2020 


Documentary Competition, Festival de films Pêcheurs du Monde, Lorient, France, 2020 

Visual Anthropology of the North program, Viscult Ethnographic Documentary Film Festival, Joensuu, Finland, 2019

Special screening, Skabmagovat Indigenous Film Festival, Inari, Finland, 2019 



Script & Direction - Kira Jääskeläinen

Cinematography - Joona Pettersson

Editor - Mervi Junkkonen

Sound Design - Janne Jankeri

Music - Joaquin Garcia

Main title - Uno Helmersson

Production - Illume oy / Jouko Aaltonen





Finnish Film Foundation

AVEK Centre for Audiovisual Culture 

YLE Finnish Broadcasting company

Kone Foundation

Finnish Cultural Foundation

Developped during EDN Below Zero


Selected reviews

Helsingin Sanomat

Filmoholic Magazine



Photo by Joona Pettersson

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