SAT 20 DEC – Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (E)

Aatsinki

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start

£5/£3 under 16. Free to West Side Cinema members – Merry Christmas!

One year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature.

WARNING: Film contains graphic images of butchered reindeer.

Though, on the surface, Aatsinki is the story of a single family, its underlying narrative is one of global consequences and connections. Between their uncanny understanding of the landscape and their reindeer on the one hand, and their heavy reliance on snowmobiles and helicopters on the other, the herders have been categorized as beacons of sustainability and demons of environmentalism – in essence, poster children for simplicity and technology alike. Their story raises weighty questions about what it means to live with the land and invites audience members to reconsider their own assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature.

“A work of cinéma vérité of the highest order: vivid, immersive and unflinching”
Sheri Linden, LA Times

“a work of ethereal beauty… utterly engrossing”
John Anderson, Variety

“majestic and mesmerizing… redefining what documentary filmmaking can be”
Nathan Bartlebaugh, The Film Stage

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