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Sámi Film Festival at Majestic Bay Theatres


Feb 9-10, 2024

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm; 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Feb. 9 - Members/Non-Members: $10.00/$15.00

Feb. 10 - Members/Non-Members: $25.00/$30.00

Friday, 2/9 is now SOLD OUT. Tickets still available for Saturday, 2/10. 

The National Nordic Museum will host the 6th Annual Sámi Film Festival in person in Ballard on February 9th and 10th at Majestic Bay Theatres. See below for the film lineup and program details.


Majestic Bay Theatres
2044 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107


  • Friday, Feb. 9 (Opening Night)
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Je'vida (2023)
  • Saturday, Feb. 10
    12:00 - 1:00 pm | Conversation with the Curator
    2:00 pm | Sami Shorts Session 1
    5:00 pm |Sami Shorts Session 2

For the virtual Festival, click here. See below for more about the festival, including this year's guest curator and a full lineup.


Friday, February 9 | 7:00 pm

Je’Vida (2023)

An aunt and her niece who’ve never met before drive to Lapland to empty a house they’ve inherited. As it turns out, the withdrawn and distrusting aunt had been a victim of the assimilation policies, and the niece must make a big decision. By taking interest in each other, they find value in themselves and their roots.

  • Directed by: Katja Gauriloff
  • Duration: 99 min

Saturday, February 10 | 12:00 pm

Conversation with the Curator

Join us at noon for a special conversation with Sámi Film Festival Guest Curator Liselotte Wajstedt! Pacific Sámi Searvi's Amy Swanson moderates. This special session is included in a festival ticket for Saturday, February 10—make sure to select this date at checkout.

Saturday, February 10 | 2:00 pm (Session 1)

Áfruvvá - Mermaid (2022)

The áfruvvá is a Sámi sea-being, the ghost of a drowned person. Yearning for warmth, she emerges from the sea to a world devoid of humans and experiences humanity through an abandoned museum.

  • Directed by: Marja Helander
  • Duration: 14 min.

The Daughters of the Midnight Sun/Overlander (1985)

A film about the Sami people, the original population of northern Scandinavia. Their nomadic life belongs to the past, but for a few short weeks each summer they return to their mountains to live as before. Their women talk about the price they have paid for progress and of their longing back to their traditional way of life, far north of the Polar Circle.

  • Directed by: Ylva Floreman and Peter Östlund
  • Duration: 40 min.

Njuokčamat/The Tongues (2019)

When a Sami woman is attacked by a man during a blizzard on the tundra while she is herding reindeer, her sister senses that something is wrong, and sets off in search for her. Wrapped in fear and confusion, both women will unite in their fight for revenge.

  • Directed by: Marja Bål Nango and Ingir Ane Bål Nango
  • Duration: 15 min.

SKÁDJA (2022)

A meeting between two women in the forest has a strong impact on them both. Can they overcome their traumas? 

SKÁDJA is an exploration of nature, spirituality, passion, and movement—a queer, indigenous story from Sápmi about regaining freedom and finding one’s inner witch.

  • Directed by: Eili Bråstad
  • Duration: 16 min.

Saturday, February 10 | 5:00 pm (Session 2)

Give Us Our Skeletons! (2000)

A film about a man and his lineage, Give Us Our Skeletons! is the story of a century pervaded by racism, oppression, and the persecution of peoples low down on the list of "noble races."

  • Directed by: Pau-Anders Simma
  • Duration: 49 min.

Ellos Fovsen

Ellos Fovsen is about the demonstration against the illegal wind turbines that were set up in Fosen by the Norwegian government, who went above the Supreme Court's ruling and still had them built, creating a still ongoing human rights violation of over 830 days.

  • Directed by: Dennis Møller

Whispers of Reindeer Milk (2023)

This Sámi short explores an alternative universe in Sápmi where they managed to remove the primordial knowledge from the colonists. The film is composed of open, meditative, persistent images from different landscapes in Sápmi, and is a journey to and from these lands.

  • Directors: Mihkkal Hætta and Ándaras Leonardsen
  • Duration: 18 min.

Muohtačalmmit/Snowflakes (2022)

Muohtačalmmit (Snowfall) is an experimental film about the flow of water as a metaphor for Sámi people in the compression of modern times. The film also deals with the meaning of water as a sacred element, pathway, and daily source of sustenance for the Sámi people. The film paints a dystopia of how Sápmi will breathe in the future in the middle of energy and mineral policy pressure.

  • Directed by: Hans Pieski and Arttu Nieminen
  • Duration: 9 min.

About the Sámi Film Festival

The 6th Annual Sámi Film Festival returns to the National Nordic Museum this February!  Presented as a partnership between the National Nordic Museum in Seattle and Scandinavia House in New York, the Festival will take place virtually from February 9-12 and in-person at both venues.

The program includes a variety of newly-released and classic Sámi features, documentaries, and short films. The Sámi Film Festival will feature the selections of guest curator Liselotte Wajstedt (see bio below). Wajstedt, a Sámi filmmaker from Sweden, is the director of THE SILENCE IN SAPMI (dir. Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden, 2022) and SIRE AND THE LAST SUMMER (dir. Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden, 2022), both of which screened at last year's Sámi Film Festival. 

The Sámi Film Festival originated as a partnership between the National Nordic Museum and Pacific Sámi Searvi in 2018. Since that time, it has become an onsite event drawing audiences from the East and West Coasts and an online event sharing Sámi film with a global audience. 

About the Curator

  • Liselotte Wajstedt

    Liselotte Wajstedt

    Award-winning artist and director Liselotte Wajstedt is a Stockholm-based Sámi multimedia artist from Kiruna, Sweden. A prolific filmmaker, Wajstedt has made over two dozen shorts and feature films spanning genres and incorporating diverse techniques including animation, claymation, stop-motion, and superimposition. In addition to her directorial practice, she possesses a background in painting and fine arts.