In Our Own Image

A film by Leonard Kamerling,
Country: USA,
Duration: 30min,
Language: English,
Subtitles: N/A,
Year: 1999

In Our Own Image takes viewers into the world of seven accomplished Alaska Native doll-makers, where we learn first-hand about the traditional, spiritual, cultural, and financial realities of being a contemporary Alaska Native artist. 
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Uncle Oddvar and the Wave

A film by Katriina Pedersen,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 32min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2011

Uncle Oddvar and The Wave is a character-driven film about a soon to be a 70-year-old fisherman from a little village in the north of Norway. Every spring and summer he produces stockfish for a global market as one of the last ones in the village. We follow uncle Oddvar and his stockfish from April to September and get a glimpse into the life of a fisherman. Through uncle Oddvar’s stories and songs, the film brings up themes of traditional knowledge, aging, fish farming, the outside world, and the environment.

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Yerv of the Tundra

A film by Zoia Ravna,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 32min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2002

Somebody is born to follow the wind—somebody to fight. A group of Nenets reindeer herders once decided to opt-out from the collective system. Do they manage to do it? How? This is the history of the organisation of private reindeer owners “Yerv”, their life and struggle in the difficult natural and social conditions of the Russian Arctic.

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Skolliales

A film by Haukur Sigurdsson,
Country: Iceland,
Duration: 30min,
Language: Icelandic,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2012

Wild eider ducks come back year after year to the same nesting grounds, areas where they know they are safe from predators. In Dyrafjordur fjord in northwest Iceland, a group of gentlemen dedicates more than two months out of the year taking care to protect these ducks. In return, they get to keep the valuable eiderdown that the ducks provide for their nests. The duck’s main predator is the arctic fox, Iceland’s only native land mammal. The foxes come down from the hills and into the fields during the bright arctic nights. The eider farmers are ready to fight the sly fox with old jeeps and guns, home-made poetry, and cakes. Skolliales is a film about man’s relationship with nature. It’s the story of eider farmers and neighbors, Valdimar and Zófonías, and their friends. Between the men, the eider ducks, and the arctic fox there is a unique relationship that is based on understanding, respect, and friendship.

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The Language of My Heart

A film by Sirkka Seljevold,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 35min,
Language: Finnish,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2007

They were not allowed to speak their mother tongue, Kven, at school and they could not understand their teacher’s language, Norwegian. People from the neighbouring country, Finland, were laughing at their ‘old Finnish’. This film is about how experiences with one’s stigmatised mother tongue have life-long consequences on one’s identity, self-esteem, and experience of belonging. We meet Solgunn and Terje from a Kven village, Børselv in Northern Norway. Each in her/his own way takes up a fight for the right to their own mother tongue, the right to a whole identity. The Kven minority population of Northern Norway has been a target of strong assimilation politics for over 100 years. As a result, their language is now dying out. But some brave and determined souls have not given up…

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Our Precious Norwegian Air

A film by Kristin Nicolaysen,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 37min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2003

Mahmoud and Karwan are Kurds from northern Iraq. In 1999 they crossed the Norwegian border hidden in truck containers. They both applied for asylum. We follow their daily life in a small north Norwegian village. Joy, sorrow, hopes, and longing are expressed. After two and three years their applications are turned down. Knowing that returning is to risk their lives, they appeal the rejections. The film point at paradoxes in Norwegian politics towards asylum seekers, and may serve to give some reflections around the question of integration.

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Light as Steam

A film by Leonid Savelyev,
Country: Russia,
Duration: 32min,
Language: Russian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2014

The film will acquaint the viewer with the modern practice of the ancient tradition of the Russian bath and tell about the non-ordinary emotional experience of its practitioners. Four men, very old friends from different places of Russia, of various kinds of professions, incomes, and family statuses come to a rural isolated farmstead inside of venerable coniferous forest to a small village in the northeast of Leningrad Region. They come here once or twice a month to take a Russian bath, smell a free river wind, and listen to the music of the forest and feel its calmness. Far away from busy city streets inside the picturesque pinery, there is a small wooden house – real Russian banya, which is waiting for them.

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My Home, My Heartache

A film by Trude Haugseth,
Country: Sweden,
Duration: 31min,
Language: Sami,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2004

Anne Marge (25), is the oldest of four sisters in a Sami reindeer herder family in Northern Sweden. While two of her younger sisters have moved away from the small village, Anne Marge still lives at home, helping her father with the reindeer keeping. Her dream is to be able to stay within the profession of reindeer keeping. But the problem is that reindeer herding today is a job for men… In the film, we get to follow Anne Marge in her life one summer and autumn. We go up to the mountains where they mark reindeer calves and sleep in lavvus, follow Anne Marge to party with her friends and in her life at home. At the same time, Anne Marge shares her thoughts, her hopes, and her doubts about the future with us. We also get to know Svea, Anne Marge’s mother, who has been through the same choices in her youth and puts things in perspective. “My Home, My Heartache” is a film about being a woman in the reindeer herding culture, living in between tradition and modernity, but also includes the universal theme of being young and having to choose how to live your life.

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Beyond the Arctic Veil

A film by Elise Castberg,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 34min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2010

In ‘The Artic Veil’ we meet some of the women at the Alnor Centre, the northernmost mosque in the world. It shows some of the activities and events that the women participate in, both regular mosque activities as well as other events happening in Tromsø town. The film shows the interaction between Muslim women as well as the interaction with the local community.

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Greater Than Ourselves

A film by Anita Lervoll,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 35min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2004

The indigenous peoples-festival, Riddu Riddu, “a storm by the coast”, was arranged for the 12th time in Gàivuotna/Kåfjord, Northern Norway in the summer of 2003. During the festival-week, the population in the small village is tripled, and all those who work for the festival, except the producer, are volunteers. Altogether 300 people were involved in the work this year. This film is mainly about the people behind the festival, focused on the reasons why these people spend great amounts of their time and energy on their work as volunteers for this festival. Parts of Riddu Riddu`s history will be portrayed, in addition to parts of the history of the Coastal Sami people in Norway. The film will also show glimpses of events during the festival-week: the children’s festival, seminars, classes, and concerts.

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