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zaterdag 8 mei 2021


Naar aanleiding van de blogpost Skábmagovat Indigenous peoples´ Film Festival 2021 heb ik eindelijk eens een abonnement genomen op Sapmifilm. De inhoud is niet te bekijken vanuit Nederland, maar met behulp van de Chrome extensie Windscribe is het toch mogelijk om de inhoud te bekijken door in Windscribe de Oslo locatie te selecteren. Er moet dan ook nog een abonnement afgesloten worden via een creditcard en je moet dan volgens mij minimaal twee maanden lid blijven. Meer informatie over Sapmifilm is hier te vinden.

In die twee maanden best wel wat films gezien. Het zijn voornamelijk korte films. Het grootste gedeelte van de films zijn Engels ondertiteld. Er zaten een aantal tussen die ik wel erg graag wilde zien en dat waren Burning Sun en Sami Boy. Nog lang niet alle films gezien en er worden elke keer nieuwe films toegevoegd. Ontzettend interessant om de films te bekijken. Het geeft je een goed inzicht in het leven van de Sami. Hieronder de films die ik gezien heb:

Iđitsilba - Burning Sun
Bedenker en regisseur: Elle Márjá Eira
Majjen carries a very special hat. All the women in her reindeer herder community wear one. Its shape resembles that of a horn. The hat is of great value for her, but the men representing the church think that the hat resembles the horn of the devil itself. Thus the hats must be extinguished.

Sámi bojá - Sami boy 
Mikkel is a reindeer herder who has the entire responsibility for the herd of his family. He has a tough shell like a sami boy should have. But in his inside there is chaos.

Hetr nummer Moras calmmit / sorrowful eyes van Skáidi-Inga Juuso en Steinar Raknes is te horen in de film.

Giitu giitu / Thank you Lord 
Giitu giitu / Thank you Lord is a visual short film showing the Laestadian trance.
Het nummer Lihkahusat van Mari Boine is hierin te horen.

This hilarious short film Covid side effects shows how pandemic and physical distancing times can be helpful when trying to break up with a partner with whom one hasn't had strong passionate feelings in long time.

In duorggat doarggistit, 4 small birches (duorga) are cut by a lake on the tundra. The trees are stifled, and the twigs are taken. The trunks are left behind standing in the landscape.

Film van Anders Sunna en Inga-Wiktoria Pave. Gedicht Paulus Utsi.

A haunting tale that follows a young girl and her reindeer as they try to escape the menacing darkness of the colonial oppression in Sápmi. Guided by a spirit, she is reminded to listen to her inner voice and trust her instincts. 

Wake Up Elena has received the Jane Glassco award for emerging talent  at imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival in Toronto in 2017 and Best Sámi short film award at Skábmagovat Indigenous Peoples' Festival in Finland in 2018.

A short film that speaks about a question: If home is a safe space, is the human mind as well?

It is year 1944. The Germans have invaded Norway. The Sámi face an unexpected dilemma when assisting the resistance movement - the bridge they are on their way to explode, is guarded by their fellow citizen - a Sámi in Nazi uniform.

Ellos sápmi - Long live sapmi
Ellos Sápmi is the story of the charismatic womanizer Klemet, who's leadership is deprived and who is betrayed by his own people. Naked hippie ladies, sex and bombs adorn this rebellious comedy, revealing the truth about what really happened when the first Sámi Parliament was formed. ELLOS SÁPMI in one revolutionary deception of a historical event, based on a true story on no less than Niillas A. Somby, who is also the co-writer.

IMDB: 8,4
When Anne attends a writing workshop she faces racism from her Norwegian classmates. Her treatment triggers dark memories from her childhood. 

Daughter of the Sun is written and directed by Sara Margrethe Oskal and the film got awarded the short film prize at the B3 Biennale des bewegten Bildes' Book Fair in Frankfurt in 2019.

A short documentary on Heidi Gauriloff, a Skolt Sámi craftsmaker, who was already an adult when she finally got the chance to learn the language and culture of her family.

Meer info over de Skolt Sámi is te vinden in dit artikel.

The midnight sun is shining; two teenage girls are bored of their small little village. They want some adventure, so they decide to hitch hike somewhere else - not without risks.

Mo Dieppe.- How’s life?
During corona times two friends meet at Zoom to catch up, Sergey in Lovozero (on the Russian side of the border) and Ánne Márjá in Lødingen (on the Norwegian side of the border). They haven’t met in a long time, and it seems like it will be long before they meet again. They have a lot to talk about.

A man who is obsessed about order in his home, is confronted by himself. The film is a horror comedy.

Ribadit (Pulling in the belt) was a tradition in the Sámi village Guovdageaidnu. In this film we meet two elders who have experienced this. Director Elle Sofe Sara is orchestrating this tradition to life with Sámi youth and dancers.

"At the beginning of March, my body started to itch. I had to get out of Stockholm. I know how it feels to not be able to breathe, because I have pollen allergies and asthma, and they clog my lungs every year. If the catastrophe was to happen, I need to be with my family in Kiruna. The earth feels closer to me up north. That’s where I want to be in case of a crisis. The prime minister said on the radio that it’s common sense not to travel from Stockholm. Which hurt, because of course I have normal common sense. 

The train was scheduled for 6 PM, and three hours before the train left I started to realize that I couldn’t leave. I sat across from my 10 year old daughter and cried, and said that we probably couldn’t go. She started to prepare for this, and started packing up, before throwing herself onto the couch. Then my mother texted me: Come home!

Two hours before the train left, I realized that we HAVE to leave."

Eahpáraš is about a paranormal phenomenon in Sápmi, the land of the Sámi people. An eahpáraš is a dangerous spirit of a dead newborn child that haunts people.

Áile is a young girl with a special relationship to nature that only her grandmother understands. Áile is taught how to use plants as medicine. But one day she discovers a secret that turns her little world upside down.

A young girl seeks help for her afflicted dog, but other members in her family need more help. The mother is lost in her own mind, the father wants to cure his loneliness and the girl is searching for the truth. The film takes place in a small Sámi home on a remote area in Northern Norway and portrays a dysfunctional relationship between father and daughter.

A woman and a man, a river keeps them separated. They have to break the laws of nature to come close to each other. A simple story about love that defies cultural differences.

Inspired by the short story "Selma and Verner" by Torgny Lindgren
Aljosja: Jonathan Johansson. Zanger van het titelnummer van de serie Springfloden.

An award-winning short film tells a poetic story about sisterhood, loss and grief that parallels with the faith of a humpback whale.

The Last Walk short film collective is outcome of International Sámi Film Institute's initiative Arctic Film Circle. Filmmakers from the circumpolar areas scripted a common Indigenous story and adapted the story to their communities in Alaska, Northwest Territories and Kalaallit Nunaat.

The Last Walk - three short films tell an universal story that simultaneously highlights the common experiences that Indigenous people have undertaken.

Christian is visiting his home village with his fiancée allegedly to look at churches to get married in, after living in the south for many years. But what are the true reasons for the visit? This is the story about the time before she came, after he left and everything that is untold in between that.

A man breaks out of his group of friends to follow his own calling. His old friends do not accept this, and therefore bring him back home for punishment and subduing. The story takes place in a twisted Sámi universe in Northern Norway.

Sámi Moments / Sámi boddu
A meeting between two reindeer herders on a small hill in the middle of the tundra. It´s a film about the need for company without necessarily saying much, friction between two units, and embarrassing silence.

The short film Aquarium is directed by Yvonne Thomassen. The young boy Amir is about to freeze to death and is forced to find shelter from the ice cold winter storms. This leads to an unexpected meeting between past and present.

In the wilderness of the tundra somewhere in Sapmi, a reindeerherder and his daughter are in a Lavvo relaxing and enjoying life. Suddenly, far away they hear sound of a snow mobile, clearly moving towards them. The reindeerherder, her father, prepares his daughter for what might happen. 

This action sami thriller takes your heartbeat to another level.

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