Sámi Shorts

Sámi cinema is going through a strong period right now. The result can be witnessed in many world premieres at major festivals, most recently at Toronto Film Festival. Curated by the indigenous Skábmagovat Film Festival, this selection presents a multi-faceted glimpse of the recent production of Sámi short films.

Curators: Jorma Lehtola, Tarja Porsanger

WED 25/10, 19:00 REGINA
SUN 29/10, 17:00 FYRIS


A quiet moment at the horizon where the daughters and sons of Sápmi joiks the bright midsummer night until dawn. With their silky-smooth movements, they form silhouettes in the haze of tomorrow’s and future’s dreams.

Sápmi, Norway 2022 / 7:00 / Director: Johan Sara Jr.


The Áfruvvá is a being in the sea that may be the ghost of a drowned person. Yearning for warmth, she emerges from the sea into a world devoid of humans, experiencing humanity through an abandoned museum. An adapted version of the film that was part of the Árran 360 Programme at the 2022 Venice Biennale.

Sápmi, Finland, Norway 2022 / 13:00 / Director: Marja Helander


During a blizzard on the tundra, a Sámi woman is herding her reindeer when she is attacked by a man. Her sister senses that something is wrong and starts looking for her. Wrapped in fear and confusion, both women will unite in their fight for revenge.

Sápmi, Norway 2019 / 15:00 / Director: Márjá Bål Nango, Iŋgir Bål Nango


An experimental film which quickly takes the spectator into a changing world surrounded by division and globalisation. The wisdom of an ancient Sámi shaman gives rise to a different kind of interpretation and history.

Sápmi, Norway 2019 / 8:00 / Director: Gjert Rognli


A short film that speaks about a question: if home is a safe space, is the human mind as well?

Sápmi, Finland 2020 / 3:00 / Director: Lada Suomenrinne, Niki Rasmus


A man who is obsessed about order in his home, is confronted by himself. The film is a horror comedy.

Sápmi, Norway 2020 / 5:00 / Director: Egil Pedersen


We belong to Earth.

Sápmi, Sweden, Norway 2020 / 3:00 / Director: Ann Holmgren


Why do we have nightmares? What brings on nightmares and heavy feelings? This short film tells a story about Deattán. One possible reason behind nightmares.

Sápmi, Finland 2020 / 8:00 / Director: Tomi Lampinen


The film paints a dystopia of how Sápmi will breathe in the future in the middle of the political pressures connected with energy and minerals. This surreal video work focuses on the immense power of water and humanity’s dependence on it, drawing on the work of the Sámi poet Pedar Jalvi. An adapted version of the film that was part of the Árran 360 Programme at the 2021 Venice Biennale.

Sápmi, Finland 2022 / 10:00 / Director: Hans Pieski, Arttu Nieminen


Through the eyes of two elders, an ancient courting tradition known as ribadit (pulling by the belt) is reorchestrated with Sámi youth.

Sápmi, Norway 2019 / 10:00 / Director: Elle Sofe Sara