Young Sámis and cultural activism - Film screenings
25.05.2017 /18:00 - 25.05.2017 /18:00

Young Sámis and cultural activism - Film screenings

Young Sámis and cultural activism offers a versatile program of films and documentaries. There is a free entrance to all screenings. All films are in original language and subtitled in English.


6 p.m. Sami Blood

(Sameblod, NO/SE/DK) 2016, dir. Amanda Kernell

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930's and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Amanda Kernell´s, striking debute Sami Blood is a multiple award-winner. The Film received one of the biggest Film Prices, the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival, and was also awarded with the Breaking Waves Award at this year´s Titanic Film Festival, just to mention a few.

In cooperation with Titanic Film Festival


5 p.m.  Me and My Little Sister

(Sparrooabbán) (FI), 2015, Suvi West

Me and My Little Sister is a personal film about sisterhood, homosexuality and the search for acceptance. The film director Suvi and her sister Kaisa are two indigenous Sámi girls from Northern Finland. In their home village, Utsjoki, religious prejudices and conservative values haunt the gay peoples' lives on a daily basis. Suvi feels powerless not being able to help her sister face her community's discrimination. This is especially important now, as Kaisa has decided to have a baby.


3 p.m. Suddenly Sami

(Min mors hemmelighet) (NO), 2009, Ellen-Astri Lundby

Min Mors Hemmelighet (Suddenly Sami) is a personal film about identity. During the director’s childhood and youth in Oslo her mother never told her about her indigenous Sami background in the Arctic area of Norway. Why didn’t she? And how can the director suddenly become Sami in the middle of life? And does she really want to?

In cooperation with Norwegian Embassy in Budapest

4.30 p.m. Kaisa's Enchanted Forest

(Kuun metsän Kaisa) (FI) 2015, dir. Katja Gauriloff

Filmmaker Katja Gauriloff found a treasure trove of pristine 16mm footage of her great-grandmother Kaisa, a legendary storyteller. She recovered these priceless films from the ‘30s-’60s, shot by the Swiss writer Robert Crottet, who lived with Kaisa in the ‘30s, and Spanish photographer Enrique Méndez. The footage and newly created animation depicting the stories creates a poetic, moving portrait of a charismatic woman who stayed strong as WWII forced them to leave their home lands forever. Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest, from director Katja Gauriloff, was awarded the Golden Dove award at DOK Leipzig in animated documentary category.