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The Winds of Milky Way (1977)

Original title: Linnutee tuuled

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Documentary Duration 51:41

Documentary of cultural anthropology about the ethnography and ethnogenesis of the Finno-Ugric peoples is a sequel to the documentary "The Waterfowl People" (1970) directed by Lennart Meri. The author of the film interprets the kinship, linguistic and cultural relations of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Finns, Vepsians, Votes, Setos, Erzya-Mordvinians, Mansis, Hungarians, Sámi, Nganasans and Estonians appear in the film. The film was shot in 1977 on locations in northern Finland, Sámi, Vepsia, Votia, Mordovia, Khantia-Mansia, Hungary, the Taymyr Peninsula, Setomaa region in Estonia and in Saaremaa and Muhu islands, Estonia. Some footage was also filmed in Nenetsia in 1970. The film ...

Director: Lennart Meri

Keywords: historical treatment | Erzya people | ethnography | folklore | lament | bonfire on Midsummer's Eve | grinding | birch forest | fishing on a river | cemetery | View all »

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color color
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Antropological
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Finnish, Veps, vadja, FILM_LANGUAGE_ET_SETU, ersa, mansi, ungari, FILM_LANGUAGE_SAMI, nganassaani
Subtitles Estonian
Duration 51:41, 55:00


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Director Lennart Meri
Screenwriter Lennart Meri
Cinematographer Rein Maran
Composer Veljo Tormis
Sound Designer Enn Säde
Editor Enn Säde | Eevi Säde | Kai Schönberg
Content Editor Rafail Beltšikov | Leo Ilves | Kalevi Tammivuori | Anikó Ezsiás

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