Joe Sun

A film by Leonard Kamerling, Sarah Elder,
Country: USA,
Duration: 20min,
Language: Iñupiaq,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1975

Joe Sun, an Iñupiaq elder from the village of Shungnak, grew up moving among seasonal camps in the Kobuk River Valley region of Alaska.  He tells of the legendary Iñupiaq prophet, Maniilaq, who predicted that “people with a different language would come and live among the Iñupiaq, and from that point on, everything would be changed.  He even predicted that people would start traveling in the air.” Joe Suns talk is known as an uqaaqtuaq. Elders gave such talks to young people who came seeking information or advice.
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In Iirgu’s Time

A film by Leonard Kamerling, Sarah Elder,
Country: USA,
Duration: 20min,
Language: Siberian Yup’ik,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1974

As his two grandchildren listen, Samuel Iirgu, an elder from the village of Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, recounts events in the community from the time the first missionaries arrived. His story is known as an ungipamsuk or true historical narrative. Traditionally, a storyteller’s integrity was based on the accuracy of his ungipamsuk; exaggeration was considered a sign of weakness.  Iirgu describes how the missionaries succeeded in converting people and the problems that visiting people from Siberia caused the missionaries.

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Out of the Corner

A film by Maria Kirpichenko,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 27min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2012

The film gives the opportunity to see several women from Russia who are engaged in boxing on the highest level of the National Women’s Boxing Team. We follow them in different places and tasks and become acquainted with their strong personalities. Women’s boxing and “traditional” Russian society seem to oppose each other but when we get closer stereotypes gradually vanish, though they remain at the formal (state) level. Main heroes of the film: Anastasia Zapolskaya (Makarova), Serafima Makarova, Lubov Pashina. The action takes place in Karelia (North of Russia), Krasnoarmeisk (boxing training camp near Moscow), Novosibirsk (Russia Women’s Boxing Championship, Siberia), Anapa (boxing training camp, South of Russia). The film is not about boxing itself but about women who dared to enter the “male domain” (going out of the corner) and still try to fit into the traditional gender roles (putting them(selves) into boxes).

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We Can Almost Fly

A film by Maria Gradin,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 28min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2006

The film is a study of the concept of New Circus through a circus group in Tromsø (Norway), Circus Kulta. It consists of children, youth, and a group of professional New Circus performers. In the film, we can follow them from personal challengers to mastering and from practicing to performances.

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Memories of Mauken

A film by Anne Tømmervåg,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 21min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1998

As the Norwegian Military Defense plans to expand their shooting ranges and target practices in the area of Mauken in Northern Norway, searchers from the Sami Department for Environment and Cultural Heritage reveals vast remains of Sami reindeer herding connected to the seasonal migration between Norway and Sweden. The film gives a view of how surveys for cultural remains and archaeological excavations, supported by oral narratives, construct knowledge about the past in an area.

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Childhood Burnt by War

A film by Oxana Vasilchikova,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 26min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2011

Childhood burnt by war explores evocations of memories of the people, who had experienced World War II (the Great Patriotic War) in different parts of the Soviet Union in their early childhood. The film is shot in Arkhangelsk, North-Western Russia, where Galina and Slava Lebedevy established an organization named “Children burnt by war”, putting as their main aim the transmission of their knowledge to the young generations. Being dedicated to their common task during 10 years of hard work within the organization they achieved a lot. Showing social activities deeply intertwined in their daily life, the film reveals the beauty of people’s relationships with each other. Strong personalities with vulnerable souls create their own history where the war will always remain an inevitable part.

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Learning to Become a Muslim

A film by Mari Bjørnsdatter Knudsen,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 27min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2003

When you grow up as a Muslim in Norway, it is a challenge to fit into the secular society, and at the same time pas on Islam. “Learning To Become A Muslim” is a film about children from different cultures who meet at the Quranic School every Saturday in the Mosque in Tromsø.

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Across Troubled Water

A film by Petia Mankova,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 29min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2000

The film is about the everyday life in Krasnoschelye, an isolated village in the heart of the tundra on Kola peninsula (North-West Russia) and how the local eople experience the political and economic reforms of the last ten years.

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