EUROPE UNKNOWN: SÁMI SHORTS

     |    Sunday December 10th, 2017

INTERFILM 2017 // SPECIAL PROGRAMS

In a new series of films from Interfilm about the unknown corners of Europe, the first part of the program was devoted to SÁMI short films.

Sápmi, the cultural area of the Sámi, stretches from the north of Norway, Sweden and Finland to the majority of the Kola peninsula in Russia. For centuries, the Sámi people have been oppressed by the governments of these countries. The indigenous Sámi people, whose unity cannot be divided by national borders, are still striving for autonomy.

In this short film program, the struggle for recognition is depicted sometimes experimentally, sometimes historically, sometimes musically and sometimes poetically. You will get an insight into the problems the Sámi have to fight, as well as a perspective on their cultural traditions. The program also includes music videos and artistic experiments which, in addition to Sami sounds and traditions, also deal with Western influences such as Kiälláseh – Lies (Sápmi-Finland 2016). The landscape shots in the films are fascinating.

In the short film Stoerre Vaerie – Northern Great Mountain (Sápmi-Sweden, 2015), an elderly woman is confronted with her self-denied cultural background at the sámi-traditional funeral of her sister after years. With this short film as an epilogue, the feature film Sameblod (Sápmi-Sweden, 2016) was made, in which the identity question of the older lady is taken apart and examined historically. This year, Sameblod is also the winner of the European Parliament’s LUX film prize.

This focus on such an unknown region arouses curiosity and desire to travel, but also sympathy and compassion.