In celebration of Sámi National Day Week, three new Sámi short films will be screened at the University of Lapland on Friday 9 February at 2 pm in the Esko and Asko Hall. The event is open to everyone and free of charge – welcome!
The films are screened in cooperation with the SuMu research community
of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lapland and the Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival
The films are in Sámi and subtitled in English. After the films, the University of Lapland will serve coffee with cake in front of the lecture hall.
The duration of the film event, including coffee, is about 90 minutes.
Fishing has been a part of Sámi culture and identity in Utsjoki ever since time immemorial. When the new Fishing Act banned fishing on their home river, the Sámi protested by fishing without permits and then turning themselves in. The time had come to assess constitutional rights.
Directors: Kati Eriksen (Sámi), Scott Thornton
Running time: 26 min
Language: North Sámi
Release year: 2023
Whispers of Reindeer Milk
This Sámi short explores an alternative universe in Sápmi where they managed to remove the primordial knowledge from the colonists. The film is composed of open, meditative, persistent images from different landscapes in Sápmi, and is a journey to and from these lands.
Directors Mihkkal Hætta (Sámi), Ándaras Leonardsen (Sámi)
Scriptwriters: Mihkkal Hætta, Ándaras Leonardsen (Sami)
Producers: Mihkkal Hætta, Ándaras Leonardsen (Sami)
Running time: 18 min.
Year of release: 2023
The film is a visual and musical love letter to the director’s late grandmother, Niillasaš-Jovnna Máret, one hundred years after her birth. The film is a visual and musical love letter to the director’s late grandmother, Niillasaš-Jovnna Máret, one hundred years after her birth. Archival interviews and the joik of áhkku unspool as a connecting thread across time, and the melancholic yet playful story offers lessons for the new era defined by giving and receiving.
Directors: RadioJus Sunná / Sunná Nousuniemi (Sámi), Guhtur Niillas Rita Duomis / Tuomas Kumpulainen (Sámi)
Producers: Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Kavita Pillay, Tracy Rector
Running time: 20 min
Language: North Sámi
Release year: 2024