Strange and Sacred Noise

A film by Leonard Kamerling,
Country: USA,
Duration: 82min,
Language: English,
Subtitles: N/A,
Year: 2011

“What would it sound like if the wilderness could sing, and I could hear it singing…” asks Alaska’s preeminent composer, John Luther Adams, in Strange and Sacred Noise, a visual and aural exploration of his “sonic geography” of Alaska. Five renowned musicians travel to Alaska to perform Strange and Sacred Noise in the wilderness environment that inspired its creation. The film chronicles this rare performance of Adams’ monumental percussion cycle on the remote tundra of the Alaska Range over an Arctic summer night.
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Ryan Matthews: Basically Me

A film by Leonard Kamerling,
Country: USA,
Duration: 18min,
Language: English,
Subtitles: N/A,
Year: 2014

Ryan Matthews is an accomplished artist with Asperger’s Syndrome. Since childhood, he has been perfecting the expression of his singular subject: TRAINS. Ryan talks about the evolution of his work, how art opened him to the colors of the world, and how it shaped his journey from isolation to a bright future expanding before him.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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