Sámi Film Minifest


Sámi Film Minifest

All day

What is it about Sami values, visions, and stories that speak to diverse audiences? Discover for yourself on this day of shorts and documentaries from Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish Sápmi!

The program will include the screening of the documentary Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest (see trailer below), a wide variety of Sami documentaries and shorts, a panel discussion, a tour of the Sámi collection in the Museum’s core exhibit, and happy hour. This is a day you don’t want to miss!

See schedule below! You can choose to purchase tickets to individual screenings or all-day passes. 

This event is produced in partnership with Pacific Sámi Searvi. PSS members can also buy tickets at the Member Price.

Sámi Film Minifest Schedule

10am: Tour

Tour of the Sami components of the permanent exhibit of the Nordic Museum. 

11am: Screening 1


Morit, Elena, Morit / Wake Up, Elena, Wake Up

Short/Animation | Sápmi/Sweden | 2017 | 4 minutes | Anders Sunna, Inga Wiktoria Påve 

A haunting tale of a young Sami girl and her reindeer as they try to escape the menacing darkness of colonial oppression in Sápmi. Guided by a spirit, she is reminded to listen to her inner voice and trust her instincts.

Inga-Wiktoria Påve and Anders Sunna are two filmmakers from Lannavaara and Kieksiäisvaara, Sweden. They were both brought up in a traditional environment with reindeer herding. As part of this traditional living, storytelling and the conflicts with the modern world are essential and vital for both their artistic works.


Kuun metsän Kaisa / Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest 

Documentary | Sápmi/Finland | 2016 | 86 minutes | Katja Gauriloff

North American premiere! Watch the trailer here.

“Family chronicles, European history and ancient legends merge poetically in the sublime documentary.” 
—Hollywood Reporter

The extraordinary friendship between Skolt Sami storyteller Kaisa Gauriloff and Swiss writer Robert Crottet unfolds through the eyes of Gauriloff’s great-granddaughter, who employs animated poetry, evocative vintage footage (shot by Crottet and his life partner Enrique Mendez), and historical film from World War II. A moving homage, this film won the 2016 Jussi Award for Best Documentary.

Born in Aanar/Inari, Finland, Katja Gauriloff is a filmmaker and producer whose adaptation of Sofi Oksanen's Baby Jane will be released next March.


12:30pm: Lunch

Lunch is available for purchase at Freya. If you want to avoid lines, a limited menu is available for preorder. 

2pm: Screening 2


Solas Datter / Sun's Daughter

Short | Sápmi/Norway | 2016 | 11 minutes | Sara Margarethe Oskal

North American premiere!

In a writing course, Ánne encounters prejudice that elicits a memory from childhood, a wound that cuts deep. How will she respond? This film showcases ensemble acting at its best.

From Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway, Sara Margarethe Oskal earned her doctorate in Performing Arts at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and is an established writer, poet, actor, artist, film director, and producer. In 2014, she brought her one-woman show The Whole Caboodle to Seattle. Her first short Aurora Keeps an Eye on You was screened at SIFF in 2015.


Sparrooabbán / Me and My Little Sister

Documentary | Sápmi/Finland | 2016 | 66 minutes | Suvi West

Were pre-colonial Sami tolerant of sexual minorities? This documentary follows two sisters (one gay, one straight) living in Helsinki as they go in search of tolerance back home in Finland’s “Bible Belt,” at the cultural festival Riddu Riđđu, and among Indigenous Canadians. A heartbreaking, comic, and ultimately hopeful celebration of the families we create.

Suvi West, born in Ohcejohka/Utsjoki, Finland, is a writer and director of television shows and films. Her short film Under Two Skies is also in today’s program.


Screening 2 will be followed by a panel discussion.

4pm: Happy Hour


Join us for a Happy Hour at Freya. Discounted drinks and small bites will be available for purchase.

5pm: Screening 3


Sami Shorts

A selection of short films gives voice to Sami screen storytellers. 


Sápmi/ The Way of Being

Short | Sápmi/Finland | 2017 | 13 minutes | Arttu Nieminen

A poetic, experimental dive into the cultural nuances, everyday life, and spectacular nature of Sápmi.

Arttu Nieminen is a visual artist and filmmaker from Ruávinjargâ /Rovaniemi, Finland.


Don’t f**k with me

Short | Sápmi/Norway | 2017 | 3 min | Elle Márja Eira

North American premiere!

A mysterious ballet pits beautiful, fierce women against dark-suited men on an urban street. It makes a powerful impact, even if the reference remains unclear. In 1979, seven young Sami erected lávvus in front of the Oslo parliament and staged a hunger strike. The "Pile o’Sápmi" banner suggests the struggle continues, a reference to Máret Ánne Sara’s famous reindeer skull curtain hung outside the courthouse while inside, her brother protested Norway’s forced slaughter of reindeer.

Of Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway, Elle Márjá Eira is a filmmaker as well as a musician, performing solo and with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones in their band SnowEye. 

Juuret On / Under Two Skies

Short | Sápmi/Finland | 2017 | 12 min | Annsi Kömi

Pregnant with her first child, director Suvi West longs to return north to her ancestral lands to foster her child’s Sami identity. Her Finnish partner Anssi does not feel at home up north but his love for her makes him contemplate a change in lifestyle and address. A touching portrait of a couple at a crossroads in their lives.

Suvi West, born in Ohcejohka/Utsjoki, Finland, is a writer and director whose documentary Me and My Little Sister (2016) is also in today’s program. This short is her first collaboration with partner and co-director Anssi Kömi.


Akvarium / Aquarium

Short | Sápmi/Norway | 2016 | 13 min | Yvonne Thomassen

North American premiere!

In this short, intense drama, young boy Amir is caught in a freezing winter storm and is forced to find shelter in a stranger’s home, prompting an unexpected meeting between past and present. 

Educated in journalism and movie production, Yvonne Thomassen from Áltá/Alta, Norway, has makes films, shorts, and documentaries. Her documentary Familiebildet is also in today’s program.


Nieiddaš ja guollečikŋa / Girl with a Fish Necklace 

Short | Sápmi/Norway | 2017 | 13 min | Egil Pedersen

A girl comes to doubt her love for her late father when an accidental meeting in a market reveals all is not as it seems. As she and her mother struggle with different memories, they learn to let go of the past. Watch the trailer here!

Born in Romsa/Tromsø, Norway, Egil Pedersen is a prolific director, producer, and editor. He has produced several music videos for the popular Sami hiphop artist SlinCraze. 

6:30pm: Screening 4


I Will Always Love You Kingen

Short | Sápmi/Sweden | 2017 | 30 minutes | Amanda Kernell

It's minus 30 degrees and Conny (age 20), walks around like a restless criminal, hood up, in a forgotten little village in northern Sweden. Yesterday he panicked and left while his girlfriend was in labor—but he’s had a change of heart and wants to come back. Can she forgive him?

Amanda Kernell, born in Uumaja/Umeå, Sweden, and now living in Denmark, is a writer and director best known for Sami Blood (2016), for which she received the UN Human Rights Award, among many others, including SIFF’s Golden Space Needle.


Familiebildet / Family Portraits

Documentary | Sápmi/Norway | 2013 | 58 minutes | Yvonne Thomassen

US premiere!

When Yvonne’s grandmother was 26, Finnmark was set on fire, and her family forced to run and hide. Yvonne attempts to gather her scattered family for one last portrait and uncovers more than she expected. A moving tale of loss and recovery by a talented young director (who recently found scattered kin in Seattle!). 

From Áltá/Alta, Norway, Yvonne Thomassen has been working freelance since 2004 in feature films, shorts, and documentaries. Her latest film, Akvarium, is also in today’s program.

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