By Paul-Anders SIMMA


Social issues - Completed 2020

She is nine years when she discovers that she is not an orphan.

& Awards

Thessaloniki IFF 2019
Film Market Films
Pärnu int film festival 2020
Best doc
Queen Palm International Film Festival 2020
best doc
17th Annual ReelHeART International Film 2020
main doc award
Interdoc 2020
Best Doc
Montreal Independent Film Festival 2021
feature doc award
Florence Film Awards 2021
Best doc
Black Hills film festival 2021
Best Doc
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Western, Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 96 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Paul-Anders SIMMA
    • Synopsis
    • Tasha is a eleven-year-old Lapp girl. She is an inmate of a Russian orphanage, even when she is not an orphan.
      Tasha believes that her mother is dead and that her father is in jail for life. To survive she has found a Russian
      stepmother at the orphanage. One day her biological mother suddenly calls her. Tasha is chocked since the
      authorities had declared her mother dead by a drug overdose several years ago. Her mother claims that she is
      now drug free. Tasha has mixed feelings for this new found “mother”. She is longing to have a mother of her
      own, but still she is afraid.
      Tasha’s two mothers are both sympathetic and wise women. They are very different in character, but are
      united by a common goal. Both of them want to do their utmost to enable Tasha to be happy. Her
      biological mother, Maria, is struggling to get her family back. Tasha’s Russian adoptive mother, Nadia, wants
      to give her a safe Russian childhood.
      At the end of the film, Tasha reaches the most difficult crossroads of her life. She has to make a decision
      that will have an enormous impact on the rest of her life. Will she become a Sami by choosing to live with
      her biological mother, or should she become a Russian by choosing a life with the Russian foster mother
      appointed by the orphanage?
      In the background of Tasha’s fate lurks the greater global narrative about the “stolen generations”. Children
      belonging to different indigenous peoples all over the world were “stolen” and placed in orphanages hoping
      that they might be assimilated into the majority population. In North America and Australia the “stolen
      children” constitute a relatively large population group. For years the authorities in the English-speaking
      former colonies have been devoting a great deal of effort to finding ways to achieve reconciliation. In
      Europe the “stolen generations” still remain silent, in spite of the fact that many parents belonging to
      indigenous peoples in that continent too were regarded as being incapable of looking after their own
      children, because they were considered to be members of an inferior race.