Saturday, October 30, 2021 — 11am is expected to 3pm PST
Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle (2021) by Sámi filmmaker Suvi West will be among the offerings at this year’s Sámi Film Festival at the National Nordic Museum. (Read an excellent interview with West here.)
As it did last year, the museum will collaborate with the Scandinavia House in New York to present the festival virtually.
While I truly miss the experience of watching films together with friends, virtual festivals are Covid safe and convenient for working people.
Other films to be screened include Giitu giitu/Thank You Lord, a visual short film about “the Laestadian trance” by filmmaker Elle Sofe Sara. I’m intrigued, being familiar with liikutuksia (“movement”), the repentance ritual still practiced in the Old Apostolic Lutherans and other Laestadians.
Suodji/Shelter is a darkly comic film by Marja Helander (whose lovely Birds in The Earth is currently looping in the Finnish Landscapes exhibit). During the 1918 Flu Pandemic in Utsjoki, the Helander’s relative Ovllá-Ivvár decided to fool Death and take his fate into his own hands — what if one tried to do that now?
The full program will be announced and tickets released at the end of September.