Seven Songs From the Tundra features seven multi-faceted stories on the life of the Nenets, a nomad community in northern Russia. Made through the joint effort of the community and written by native Anastasia Lapsui in the Nenet language, it provides a beautifully detailed picture of how the people in this region, plagued by extreme cold, harassment and the pressure to assimilate, struggled to live and survive during the Soviet times.
Necati Sönmez works as a film critic, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He is the initiator of Which Human Rights? Film Festival and one of the founders of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days, which soon became the most important documentary festival in Turkey. He has served as jury member in over 30 festivals and curated documentary programmes as a guest curator. For 2021 he is a fellow at bi’bak.
Stephan Dudek received his PhD from the University of Leipzig with a thesis on public and private spheres among the West Siberian Khanty under the impact of large-scale oil extraction. Since the early 1990s, he has been working in the Russian North and also has field experience in post-Soviet Central Asia.