Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

Finland | 85 MINUTES

AATSINKI: THE STORY OF ARCTIC COWBOYS

Female Director(s), Documentary
In the frozen forests of Finnish Lapland, where temperatures are regularly sub-zero and winter nights last up to twenty-four hours, brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki carry on the generations-old tradition of reindeer herding as the leaders of a local collective that manages the last group of wild reindeer left in the country. Though these rugged modern cowboys navigate the terrain on snowmobiles and ATVs rather than horses, their intricate bond with the land and their herd has allowed them to preserve their way of life in one of the harshest climates imaginable.

This gorgeously lensed documentary from director Jessica Oreck (Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo) quietly follows the Aatsinki brothers through the changing seasons over the course of a year, from helicopter rides over thousands-strong herds of reindeer and panoramic vistas across endless acres of forest to the intimate moments enjoyed between families at the fireside. Share in the hard work, daily rituals and small joys that make up life in the unforgiving landscape above the Arctic Circle.

—Ian Hollander

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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Jessica Oreck

JESSICA ORECK’s award-winning documentary feature Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo played theatrically around the world and aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. She is currently working on another feature film and several short animated projects, including the recently released web series Mysteries of Vernacular.
Director
Jessica Oreck
Screenwriter
Jessica Oreck
Producer
Jessica Oreck, Rachael Teel
Editor
Jessica Oreck
Director of Photography
Jessica Oreck
Co-Producer
Jari Etelälahti
Cast
Aarne Aatsinki, Lasse Aatsinki, Raisa Korpela

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Jim Browne
Argot Pictures
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 718 369 1180
jim@argotpictures.com
US Sales Contact
Jim Browne
Argot Pictures
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 718 369 1180
jim@argotpictures.com
International Sales Contact
Jim Browne
Argot Pictures
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 718 369 1180
jim@argotpictures.com
Print Source
Jessica Oreck
Myriapod Productions
New York, 10024
Phone: 646 825 1641
jessica.oreck@gmail.com