Giving Birth in Northern Landscape

A film by Toril Hanson,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 34min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2002

The film is about giving birth in northern Norway. It also deals with contemporary midwifery practices, Western medicine, and the challenge of the centralization and decentralization of health services. Through a Saami woman, we learn about traditional Saami ways of birth and midwifery. Voices of different women – mothers and midwives, contemporary and traditional are heard.

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Food Stories

A film by Eline Arnevåg Lågeide,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 30min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2016

Food Stories is a film that explores how particular food commodities are related to memories and emotions. The film is an outcome of three-month fieldwork at Alanya Import, a greengrocery shop at Storgata in Tromsø, Norway. Different customers and goods are being followed through daily grocery shopping, cooking, and sharing a meal. The film’s point of departure is how the customers relate to their food from their home countries. Various perspectives are presented in sensory meetings at kitchens around Tromsø. Food becomes a window into different immigration and globalization processes. Furthermore, does the film presents an insight into kids growing up in several contexts when it comes to food traditions.

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Freedom to Choose

A film by Solveig Joks,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 31min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1999

Inga has ended her herding husbandry and joined the “readjustment” program courtesy of the Norwegian State. Together with her husband, she has started a Sami handicraft business. She and other women have always done handicrafts, also during herding husbandry. It was always an additional economic activity to the reindeer herding.

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A Female Elk Hunter

A film by Anne Myrstad,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 30min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 1998

Mona is one of the few female elk hunters in northern Norway. The film reveals Mona’s reasons and motives for participating in elk hunting.

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Doing the Norway

A film by Gry Mortensen,
Country: USA,
Duration: 31min,
Language: English,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2009

In Petersburg, Alaska, the inhabitants celebrate their Norwegian heritage with great enthusiasm. By the use of old symbols and artefacts, and the annual “Little Norway Festival”, an abstract relationship with “the old country” is constituted. For some, being “Norwegian” plays a vital role in the making of identity, even though the bloodline is getting washed out and the first-hand connection with Norway is limited. The strive for belonging and people’s need to feel special are fundamental subjects in this film, as we follow Vikings and Valkyries, Leikarring Dancers, Rosemalers and other inhabitants.

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As Long As You Want

A film by Cecilie Denkinger,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 38min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2012

Anne likes looking at old photographs. Stories about people and places come to her mind. By listening to Anne history comes alive. In “As long as you want” we meet Anne in Longyearbyen on the arctic archipelago Svalbard. The modern “family society” started as a company town connected to the coal mining industry that is still important. Anne is 80 years and one of the few retired persons living in this society. Most of the inhabitants stay there for a relatively short period in their working lives. In the summer Anne leaves Svalbard. She visits her childhood place in Norway where her son’s family is living. Next time, she might have left Svalbard forever. Retirement homes don’t exist there.

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Let’s Build a Waterfall

A film by Trond Waage, Anniken Førde,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 37min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2015

As many coastal communities in Northern Norway are threatened by decline and depopulation, are the village Bleik experiencing prosperity; there is competition for house plots and waiting lists at the school. What is it with Bleik? Through following different activities in this community with strong storytelling and voluntary work traditions, the film shows how a fishing community can stand up against centralization and structuring through broad mobilization.

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Faces of the Wilderness

A film by Tiia Grøn,
Country: Finland,
Duration: 31min,
Language: Finnish,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2016

On a road less journey, through the barren lands in Finnish Lapland, the traveler can find shelter and companions to whom to share their story. The film is situated by a small wilderness hut and its surrounding landscape. Through meetings with people that roam the area in different ways, we learn about the character of the place ascribed by the people who dwell in it. The wilderness affords different experiences to the different groups that use it, and sometimes their wishes might be contradictory.
Is this wilderness as empty and isolated as it might seem and why do people find this place so special?

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