A rare opportunity; I highly recommend it!
TOMORROW, Thursday 5.3.2009
The film directors
ANASTASIA LAPSUI and
will present in ENGLISH the FILM
THE SAMI (Saamelainen 2007)
Being Sami no longer means making a living by herding reindeer in the far northern reaches of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. In a new Finnish documentary, The Sami (Saamelainen) many Sami who have followed work to the big cities of northern Europe reflect on changes they have experienced within their lifetimes, as they have become musicians, store clerks, a film director, a school kid, an artist, a young mother, and, as a counterpoint, a couple engaged in traditional reindeer-herding.
Co-directors Anastasia Lapsui (a radio journalist in Salekhard, and part of a Nenets language program) and Markku Lehmuskallio (Seven Songs from the Tundra, 1999, Mothers of Life, 2001, and A Bride of the Seventh Heaven, 2004) explore the Sami diaspora, ask if the change of life-style and surroundings has transformed the uniquely Sami way of looking at the world. Sami speak candidly of what “being Sami” means to them, in ways that show the adaptiveness of tradition despite the hardships. Collaboration between indigenous people and filmmakers (e.g.,Ten Canoes and 37 Uses for Dead Sheep) often results in insightful commentaries on self as well as “other.”
In Finnish with English subtitles, Finland, 82 minutes, 2007
Languages: ENGLISH SUBTITLES
When: 3.3.2009 at 16:00
Where: Bulding of Musicology in Vironkatu 1, Hall 3B
The entrance and the partecipation is FREE for all,
feel free to invite other students or friends
and to forward this message.
The presentation will be in RUSSIAN and FINNISH
but translators will translate simultaneusly
the directors' speech in ENGLISH.
Markku Lehmuskallio (Finnish) has worked with fiction as well as documentary films. He delves into his topics very intensively, which can be felt as a powerful energy and presence in his films. Many of his films describe traditional and modern life among indigenous peoples in the arctic world. Since the beginning of the 1990's Lehmuskallio has worked together with Anastasia Lapsui. Lehmuskallio's and Lapsui's films have been widely recognized internationally as well as in Finland.'
Anastasia Lapsui (Nenets) grew up speaking her native language in the village of Nida, located on the Yamal Peninsula, in northern Arctic Russia. After graduating from the University of the Urals in Sverdlovsk, Russia, Lapsui worked as a newspaper and radio journalist.Based in Helsinki today, she directs films with Markku Lehmuskallio.
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