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Sunday 20 June | 13:30 - 14:30 | Lichtspiel Kinemathek + ONLINE

Northern Travelogues


Kira Jääskeläinen | Finland/Russia 2019 | OV Finnish/Russian (EN) | 58 min


In 1917 Finnish explorer Sakari Pälsi travelled to north-eastern Siberia carrying a cinematograph and 13,000 feet of film with him. The journey birthed a unique documentary film and a travelogue. A hundred years later director Kira Jääskeläinen returns to the Bering strait in Pälsi's footsteps. By combining old and new film footage, Pälsi's notes and the stories of the local Indigenous peoples, the film tells the story of the Chukchi and Siberian Eskimos from the days gone by till today.

This film screening together with the screening of A Journey to the Makonde is followed by a Panel Discussion on archive films with Kira Jääskeläinen (Northern Travelogues), Catarina Alves Costa (Journey to the Makonde), Martin Schulz & Martha Cerny (Museum Cerny Bern) and Brigitte Paulowitz (Lichtspiel Kinemathek Bern). We recommend you to watch both films beforehand.



CINEMA: Due to the current protection measures, the number of seats in the Lichtspiel is limited. We ask you to register for the individual films via (film(s), name, phone, number of people)

ONLINE: Over the duration of the Festival 17-20 June it is possible to watch "Northern Travelogues" and "A Journey to the Makonde" also online and to follow the live stream of the panel discussion (June 20, 16:00 - 17:30). Please write a Mail to

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