Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness.
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.
Some viewers may find the scenes of animal farming disturbing.
This gorgeously lensed documentary from director Jessica Oreck 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