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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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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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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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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Longing for Belonging

A film by Beate Mortensen Nesheim,
Country: Norway,
Duration: 41min,
Language: Norwegian,
Subtitles: English,
Year: 2001

Havøysund, a small fishing village in northern Norway. A place of different values for different people. What makes the sense of belonging – or not belonging to this place? The film is portraying different people’s perspectives on life here, as well as the everyday life at the place. The two young girls, Linn and Cathrin (image), want to escape the island. Their interests and values at this point in life, are pulling them away from the place against the cities, but still, it is hard for them to cut or stretch the bonds to their homeplace. Palmer is raised into the world of fish, sea, and docks. He is in some ways a fisherman by his own choice, and at the same time, a fisherman due to the lack of other opportunities Jens lived the Dream that many northerners have: To escape the dark and cold winter season by traveling to a warmer and more pleasant world. In Thailand, he met Phlabphlung. She came with her two sons to live in Havøysund with him and found her place in the community in an unexpected way.

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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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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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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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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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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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