Scene from the film Anerca, Breath of Life
Scene from the film Anerca, Breath of Life
Scene from the film Anerca, Breath of Life
Scene from the film Anerca, Breath of Life
Scene from the film Anerca, Breath of Life
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Anerca, Breath of Life

  • Finland
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The film is about indigenous cultures living in the Arctic Circle within the borders of the states of Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland (Denmark), Canada, Alaska (United States) and Russia. The cultures themselves did not draw up these borders. Rights have been violated. Ways of life inherited from ancestors have largely been crushed, but the inner worldview of the people has withstood and remained intact, at least until now.

Anerca is a film about the breathing amongst the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. There are two types of breathing, life-sustaining breath and that which expresses existence. In Inuit, the word meaning to bring forth a poem is the same as the word to breathe. The word is a derivative of anerca. Anerca means soul, breath of life. When the breathing of a person, community, or people brings forth the joy or pain of their existence, it reveals something that is separate from day-to-day life, or deep down within it, and is important to the person who breathes, it is the breath of life. In the film Anerca, Arctic peoples breathe.

Prix du Jury Région de Nyon: Most innovative feature film,, International Feature Film Competition, Visions du Réel 2020

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  • Original Title
    Anerca, elämän hengitys
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio
  • Cinematography
    Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio
  • Editing
    Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio
  • Sound
    Martti Turunen
  • Runtime
    86 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Finland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Vision du Réel Film Festival, Switzerland
    • Cervino Cinemountaion, Italy
    • Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
    • Nacy International Film Festival, France
    • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
    • EBS International Documentary Film Festival, South Korea
    • Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
    • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany
    • Helsinki International Film Festival
    • GRAMMNet Film Series for English Language Day in Glasgow, UK
    • KODEX -Kings Of Doc Expanded. Berlin Germany
    • Peloponnisos Documentary Festival, Greece
    • Chiayi International Art Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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