Come along on a reindeer sleigh across the frozen tundra, and we’ll visit one of the last European villages to live at one with nature. The Tundra Tale, a colorful and insightful documentary by German filmmaker René Harder, avoids editorial commentary, allowing the inhabitants of the Sami village of Krasnoschchelye to speak for themselves. Set in the far northwest of Russia above the Arctic Circle, Krasnoschchelye can only be reached by helicopter -- on Tuesdays. Unless it’s wintertime, in which case one can approach by snowmobile, over a period of weeks. This land, harsh and remote to . . .

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Brenda Benthien

Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de