Directed by

Jouni Hiltunen

Country of Origin






Documentary filmmaker Jouni Hiltunen has filmed Cranes for many years. He decides to once again follow the Crane family’s summer in Finland from early spring to the birth of a Crane chick.

After the nesting he packs his car and leaves on a so-called ”birds road” with migrating Cranes, towards Hungary and finally to Israel, to find out if there is a winter paradise for migrating Cranes somewhere.

The film about the year of the Cranes and the migration journey expands to a story about the coexistence of a man and nature in a rapidly changing world.

Director Biography – Jouni Hiltunen

Jouni Hiltunen is a Finnish documentary filmmaker. He has worked in the film industry since 1990 as a cameraman, editor, director and producer. He has directed more than 30 documentary and nature films, including an award winning documentary ”Blatnoi mir” (2001), a story about the life of three life sentenced prisoners in Pitak island, Vologda, Russia and a full length documentary ”BAM” (2007), a story about constructors and the history of Baikal-Amur railroad in Siberia. Last ten years he has concentrated in nature film making. His full length nature documentary “A Journey to the Sea” (2107), had a theatrical distribution in Finland.