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The Dinés, or Navajos, of the USA and the small nations of Burma (Myanmar) tell their stories at the Skábmagovat Film Festival in Inari 21.1.–24.1.2016.

Jan 18, 2016 11:05 AM

The Navajos have made films for a long time, but in Burma they have been made just for a few years, now that the military regime is gradually withdrawing. This year, the festival has as its special guest the Navajo director Blackhorse Lowe, who has been making films for years. Skábmagovat will show a wide selection of his films – along with the works of many younger filmmakers. Seng Mai Kinraw, a Kachin director from Burma, will also attend the festival.

The Dinés, or Navajos, of the USA and the small nations of Burma (Myanmar) tell their stories at the Skábmagovat Film Festival in Inari 21.1.–24.1.2016.

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In addition, Skábmagovat will offer the audience a set of pioneering works, such as the first indigenous-language film from Bangladesh (Aung Rakhine’s My Bicycle) and, from Japan, the first animation film based on an Ainu story (Tune Sugihara’s The Fox of Shichigorosawa).The festival will also provide the audience with the first long film in the Crimean Tatar language: Haytarma by Ahtem Seytablaev. The film deals with the deportation of the Crimean Tatars to Central Asia in the spring of 1944. The director will also attend the festival. From Canada, Skábmagovat will present two splendid Embargo film series, both inspired by Lars von Trier. To create them, each member of a group of indigenous directors was given the task of making his/her film on terms dictated by the other members of the group. Genres vary from comedy to horror movies and miniature musicals.

 

Sámi films from the Sundance Festival – and about silence

Suvi West’s 70-minute documentary Spárrooabbán is a personal film about her sister who has chosen a path which is taboo in the conservative Sámi community: the love for another woman. When looking for answers and acceptance, the sisters run into a wall of silence. Skábmagovat will also present Amanda Kernell’s short film Stoerre vaerie (Northern Great Mountain), the first Sámi film to be included in the programme of the famed Sundance Festival in the USA. The film won the category “Best Short Drama” at the ImagineNative Festival in Toronto.

 

Sámi theatre gives colour to the opening night

After showing films for children and young people during the day, the festival will have its official opening on Thursday night, 21 January, at the popular Northern Lights Theatre. After the opening, the Sámi Theatre from Kiruna, Sweden, will stage its new play The Reactor at the Cultural Centre Sajos. The play tells about how the seventh nuclear power plant of Finland explodes in Inari, forcing the survivors to reflect on big questions. The play, written by Kenneth Hætta, has been directed by Anita Suikkari, and the dialogue is projected on the wall in Finnish.

 

The Skábmagovat Film Festival is arranged by the Friends of Sámi Art in cooperation with the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida, the Indigenous Peoples’ Film Centre Skábma, the Sámi Education Institute and YLE Sápmi. The festival has Jenni Haukio, the First Lady of Finland, as its protector.

 

Further information:
Jorma Lehtola, Artistic director, tel. +358 50 414 4349, jorma.lehtola(a) skabmagovat.fi
Anne Kirste Aikio, Festival director, tel. +358 40 768 1689, anne.aikio(a)skabmagovat.fi

 

The financers for the 2016 festival are the Sámi Parliament, the Sámi Council, the Art Promotion Centre of Lapland, the municipality of Inari, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, the Lapland Regional Fund, Kone Fund and Antti ja Jenny Wihuri fund.

Sámi museum, Siida, Inarintie 46, FI-99870 Inari, tel. +358 (0)400 898 212, siida@samimuseum.fi, www.siida.fi

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