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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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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