At the start of the bitter Winter War the Soviet Red Army invaded Finnish-Karelia forcing thousands of civilians deep into Finland. Teenagers Annikki, Inkeri and Hilkka left their families to drive cattle through deep snow and hostile lands. A lifetime later they look back on their adventures.
Born in Helsinki, Minttu has lived in Scotland for 10 years. She has a background in literature, stills photography and design and has worked as a cinematographer forthe past seven years, in both drama and documentary productions.
HerPersonal work has been exibited in festivals and galleries in Scotland, Finland, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland.
Karelian Cowgirls is her first documentary film as director.
Screening / Award history:
Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 2008-06
Tromsø International Film Festival Tromsø (Norway) 2009-01
London Short Film Festival London (United Kingdom) 2009-01
Tampere International Film Festival Tampere (Finland) 2009-03
London International Documentary Festival London (United Kingdom) 2009-04
Dawson City International Short Film Festival Dawson City (Canada) 2009-04
I've Seen Films - International Film Festival Milan (Italy) 2009-09
Con-Can Movie Festival Tokyo (Japan) 2009-09
Vancouver International Film Festival Vancouver (Canada) 2009-10