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Wildfin is a joint trademark of two Finnish production companies: DocArt and Taiga Films. Here you will find information about documentary films, television series and other programs we have produced.

The Urban Jungle is a documentary series of six episodes which takes a closer look at the nature that surrounds us in the city, the wild animals, the urban agriculture, the parks, the various natural playgrounds and the healing power that nature has, even in the city. Our relationship with nature is changing and the people in the city play an important role in solving the environmental problems and in creating a sustainable future.

Magic of Wilderness is a television documentary series of six episodes about the most remarkable wilderness in Finland. The director Petteri Saario searches for wilderness in the Finnish Archipelago, in Northern Lapland, in the border of Russia and in Lake Land.

A keel for a boat and boards for a coffin from a home forest. Touching and warm depiction of the life in a small Karelian village, where young Sergei grows up in the middle of the most fabulous primeval forests in North Europe. 

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Viktor and Maria Popov are not in a hurry. They live in a time vacuum in Paanajärvi village in the poorest corner of Russia, in Russian Karelia. 

To the inhabitants of Paanajärvi their home village has been the same for centuries: grey log buildings, smoky saunas, decorative window frames. For folklorists, on the other hand, Paanajärvi is a pearl of culture and architecture. A community in which lives one of the few remaining original European cultures. 

In 1996, Paanajärvi village was placed on the list of the hundred most threatened cultural places in the world, maintained by the World Monument Watch. The village is threatened by plans for a hydro-electric plant which, if realised, would submerge the old buildings and the solitary original culture under water. 

The film group follows the everyday life of Viktor and Maria in Paanajärvi over a period of two years. The documentary is also an illustration of the uncomplicated coexistence of people with nature which, if lost, would take the right of existence from the humanity itself.

Out of a total of 75 000 indigenous Saami in the world, around 9 000 live in Finland. Yet, what do we really know about them? Finnish children still learn more in school about Native Americans than they do about Finland’s own indigenous inhabitants. 

The documentary film ’The Beckhams of Utsjoki’ is an intimate and honest depiction of modern day Saami people recounted through the experiences of three generations: reindeer herder and respected salmon-rower Niila, Saami musician Annukka, their boys Mihkku and Áilu as well as Niila’s mother Kirsti, a skilful wielder of Saami cultural traditions. 

The documentary was filmed in Utsjoki, the northern-most municipality of Finland and the European Union. The Laiti family’s life is followed for a total of almost three years. In addition to portraying the everyday and festive occasions of Saami life, the film also conveys the viewer through the most magnificent wilderness regions of Upper Lapland: from the Kevo canyon to the salmon spawning rapids, the fiery colours of the autumn ’ruska’ forests, the ice floes of the spring and the aurora borealis flashing across the northern skies. 

“The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed.”

Short film about National Parks of Oulanka and Paanajärvi

A film about the spectacular nature of the archipelago and one family’s centre of the world. 

"There is a strange rock on the cliff. Father said it’s a miracle of nature, but it’s not. Father placed it there himself." 

These words by the barely ten-year-old Elin begin the documentary "Sisu Stone" which depicts the outer Finnish archipelago and man’s close relationship to nature there. The ’strange stone’ is a creation by Elin’s father, Göran, and it’s a sculpture formed by nature which is meant to symbolise that even the impossible is possible as long as you have enough faith and will power and guts. 

The daughter, Elin, the father Göran and the mother Rosita Stenroos live on a small island of Husö in the outer Åland archipelago, between Finland and Sweden. There are only five all year round inhabitants on the island. The Stenroos family makes its livelihood from many different jobs, for in order to survive in the archipelago you need to be a jack of many trades, or at least of seven! The family keeps sheep, makes candles, hunts for game fowl and fishes. However, the best way to earn a decent living is to spend as little as possible. 

At the beginning of the documentary filming Elin was eight years old. Despite her young age the precocious girl participates in the work around the island farm daily; feeding the animals, plucking the game birds, fishing and so forth. Elin is exceptionally skilful considering her age and has quite a way with words, too: "I don’t mind being the only child on the island. Here I can just go off to, say, pick flowers and no one will complain." 

Elin, Göran and Rosita live in the midst of the most beautiful of archipelagos. The White-tailed sea eagle nests on its own home island and the nearby skerries are the seals’ domain. The film provides a unique insight into the spectacular different archipelago seasons and events. While Sisu Stone is a depiction of the self-sufficiency of a family it is also a documentary of a unique and close relationship between man and nature. Göran says: "It’s important to understand that man is part of nature, a very small part." He goes on: "A person is happy when he is at the centre of his own world - Husö is the centre of my world." 

The Stenroos family’s home island is like something straight out of an Astrid Lindgren story book: beautiful and inspiring. Even the ’characters’ are colourful. There’s small, frail, Elin and the 130 kilo strong Göran with his long red beard, like that of a Viking chieftain. The mother, Rosita, is like the archipelago women in tales and songs: wise, patient and multi-talented. Göran is a born leader and yet a leader, too, has his weakness. When little Elin sets her hands on her hips and tells her father what he should do, Göran can’t help but obey her command. 

This idyllic setting is marred by a growing concern for the ever worsening state of the sea as the fish are not as plentiful as before and the blue-green algae prevent swimming in the summers. 

Rosita says: "When I was a little girl, the bottom of the sea was clean, but now it’s just a grey carpet of algae. It feels really awful because the sea is, after all, our whole life." 

Göran adds: "When you see how the sea is faring it’s as though you are becoming ill yourself. Yet, Göran still wants to believe in tomorrow: "I have the same attitude to life as Martin Luther: Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." 

The Sisu Stone documentary film is not only homage to the threatened life of the archipelago and the beautiful archipelago nature, it is also a gesture of respect towards classical style of documentary filming. The filmmakers visited the island of Husö over a dozen times between 2002 and 2004. 

Finnish Nature Center Haltia

"And there came two drops,
the first gave it life,
the second, drowned it"
Antonio Machado 

Wild Wild Canary is a documentary film about the natural and cultural values of the Canary Islands and the impact of mass tourism on it. 

There are almost 3 700 endemic species in the islands. This paradise has seen many invaders: first came the native inhabitants, guanches, then the Arabs, Portuguese and Spaniards. However, no-one has left such traces as the present invaders: tourists. 

The film aims to show a glimpse of the reality that a tourist seldom meets during his trip, but which his acts and choices eviden

Short films for Finnish Tourist Board

If you ask a Finn about his home country, the first things he is most likely to mention are sauna, birch in the back yard - and a lake. A lake is a symbol of Finland and an icon of Finnishness. 

The adventure begins beyond the border 

A border not only separates, it also joins. Where there is a border, a unique culture is born, border region culture, which cannot be born anywhere else, and where differences meet is the seed of creativity. 

The border between Finland and Russia is a border between a small country and the largest country in the world. It is a language frontier, a cultural borderline and a religious divide. Over the course of its history the border has been drawn in many places. It has been a border of both political ideology and natural resource exploitation. It is perhaps today the world's deepest social divide in which the expected lifespan of men on one side of the border can be a quarter less than those on the other side. 

In the six part Frontier Life documentary series documentarian Petteri Saario takes us across the border from the Gulf of Finland to the Sami villages of the Kola Peninsula, from Saimaa in Finland to Lake Ladoga's monasteries, from Savonia to the Viena rune villages in Russian Karelia and from the rapids of Kuusamo back across the Russian border to magical Paanajärvi lake. 

The documentarian leads us on an inspiring and intimate journey which depicts the rugged yet rich lives of the people along the Fenno-Russian border. At the same time we are shown the splendid scenery of the border region as well as the diversity of its nature. 

A documentarian needs stories and Russian Karelia is chock full of them. Life is in many ways more varied and colourful than in the dull, combed back and pressed west. The adventure begins beyond the border. 

Episode 1: Oil on the Waves
Episode 2: Sacred Ladoga
Episode 3: Viena Karelia of my Heart
Episode 4: Hidden Paradise of Russian Karelia
Episode 5: Borderless Love
Episode 6: The Sami of the Tundra 

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Music video for Finnish modern folk music band Suo

A series of six vibrant TV documentaries depict our most beautiful rivers with the rich nature and culture that line their banks. 

There are 647 rivers in Finland. They start out as small rivulets from a hollow, spring, pond or marsh and finally flow out to sea, or to a lake. Many of the rivers have grown into great tides. 

Fish find their way to their spawning grounds long the many rivers and people too have used them as their own travelling routes. Villages and towns have risen on the banks of these waterways, and the flowing waters have provided many with their livelihoods. 

TV documentarian Petteri Saario set out with his 11-year-old son, Antti, to film the gems of all the Finnish rivers. The river currents carry them from the magnificent fells of Lapland to the rugged wilderness country between Finland and Russia, from crystal clear source streams on to bird paradise river deltas and picturesque villages along the river banks. They paddle along the Teno River, one of the most valuable salmon rivers in the world, and they ride the rapids of the Baltic Sea’s only large free flowing river - the Tornio river. They encounter bears and lynxes, wolverines and wolves. They chat with boat makers, Saami salmon fishermen, steamboat operators and poets, too. Finally they end their long and rewarding journey in the Arctic Ocean.

The Finest Rivers of Finland
Episode 1: Porvoo river 
Episode 2: Oulanka and Kitka river
Episode 3: Kymi river
Episode 4: Tornio river
Episode 5: Kyrö river
Episode 6: Teno river

The Nature of Finland documentary film was produced as part of the celebrations of Finland’s 90th year of independence. It is a new type of film experience in which magnificent nature footage of awarded cinematographers is combined with captivating folk music based on ancient myths of the Finnish national epic Kalevala. 

In January 2006 the peaceful life of the Stenbäck family in Askola, Southern Finland is shattered. A French energy company Areva plans to mine uranium in Askola and the inhabitants are told that they just have to yield. The Finnish Mining Law surpasses the Finnish Environmental Law and even landowners’ rights to their own land. The Stenbäck family, along with the other inhabitants in the area, decide not to accept this outrageous claim and commence a battle in order to save their homes. 

"Over a period of 50 years, the number of farms in Sweden has decreased by over 80 percent. The trend is the same throughout Western Europe."