Centrul Astra Film



Astra Film Festival

Autumn on Ob River

| Estonia | 2003 | 46'


Near the Ob River mouth in northwest Siberia, the Khanty are struggling to make a living. The arctic climate is harsh. Their economic situation is unpredictable, due to the confusion of the post-Soviet era. The salaries are low, and payments are often delayed for months. Under such circumstances, the fishing brigade turns to the traditional arctic occupations: hunting and reindeer herding. The film follows the autumnal activities of a Khanty fisherman family. After the main fishing season ends, they move to the winter settlement, where they hunt and tend reindeer. The film tells the story of a Khanty family, who must balance between their work with the fishing brigade and their indigenous occupations in order to survive.