Life of Ivanna

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Film Info
Country Listing:Russia
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Families & Family Stories
Rural Life
Russian & Eastern European Culture & Issues
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Renato Borrayo Serrano
Producer(s):Vlad Ketkovich
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Marianna Kaat
Pertti Veijalainen
Writer(s):Renato Borrayo Serrano
Daria Sidorova
Editor(s):Inge-Lise Langfeldt
Renato Borrayo Serrano
Cinematography:Renato Borrayo Serrano
Daria Sidorova
Sound:Israel Bañuelos


A young Nenets mother of five navigates life and survival, from the Arctic tundra to the city. Ivanna lives a traditional nomadic life on the tundra, herding reindeer and moving her house on sleds with her children while enduring the extreme cold of the land. Over four years, we follow Ivanna as she strives to support her children and resolves to build a better life for them, an alternative to the harsh existence marked by poverty and dislocation she herself has experienced. Her reindeer herd depleted, Ivanna leaves the tundra, returning the city where the husband she supports has sunk into alcoholism and violence, but where the opportunity to secure housing, a job and schooling for her children is too strong to resist. As she transitions to this new life, Ivanna’s determination to serve her family’s needs means that her dreams of life on the tundra may be on hold for now, but her connection to the land of her ancestors will never fade. Darlene Naponse

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  • POV MagazineA Women's World
  • Variety - "Rigorously realist snapshot of life in the Artic tundra"

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