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The Brigade

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By Liivo Niglas
color, 57 min, 2000

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This documentary was filmed during three months on the Yamal Peninsula in West Siberia, where the Nenets have been herding reindeer for about a thousand years. Many years ago, reindeer herders were assembled into state farm brigades. The Yar_Sale sovkhoz includes 22 brigades, each of which looks after several hundred thousand reindeer. In a year, a brigade travels several thousand kilometres. The calving time in spring, the ty nintch, is the busiest time of the year. The brigade has to make sure that the new-born calves keep up with the herd - larger rivers must be crossed before the ice breaks. During the polar summer, people work at night as well.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
First Prize, Matsalu International Nature Film Festival, Estonia, 2001
Golden Olive - Best Descriptive Documentary Kalamata International Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2001
Festival of Visual Culture, Joensuu, Finland, 2001
NAFA International Documentary Film Festival, Sardinia, 2001
SEE Docs in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2001
Beeld voor Beeld, Amsterdam, 2001
Festival du cinéma nordique, Rouen, France, 2001
Commendation, Astra Documentary and Anthropological Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2002
Göttingen International Film Festival, Germany, 2002
Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival, Kuusamo, Finland, 2004

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