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Second Sunday Culture Film

Sámi Films

Sunday, January 09, 2022 |
2:00PM - 4:00PM ET

This is a virtual event.
A mixed media collage of reindeer on a bus with a man standing in the aisle with arms raised.


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Culture Film Series

Second Sunday Culture Films is an independent documentary series connecting the Wolf Humanities Center’s annual topic to a cultural theme. Borderless, our 2021-2022 theme, is inspired by the Center’s topic of Migration. Join us as we gather cultural perspectives from filmmakers across the world who focused their lenses on Indigenous peoples grappling with borders imposed on their land.

Shortfilms by Sámi people (Sámi)

Sápmi (land of the Sámi people) is a contiguous area spanning a large swath of Scandinavian countries where Sámi people once freely herded their reindeers by season. Borders and nationhood have been a problem for the Sámi since their establishment. Three short films will provide a glimpse of Sámi culture and offer a chance to reflect on national borders and culture.

Rebel (Bihttoš) 2014

14 min. Dir. Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers

Elle-Máijá’s parents, Indigenous youth activists from distant parts of the world, meet up in a bar in Sápmi (land of the Sámi people) and their love story takes off. Follow the many twists and turns in their adventures as political rebels.

Wake Up Elena Wake Up (Morit Elena Morit) 2017

5 min. Dir. Anders Sunna & Inga-Wiktoria Påve

This animated short film artistically entreats Sámi youth to wake up to their heritage.

Eat, Sleep, Feed, Repeat (Borrat, Biebmat, Báibmat, Ballat) 2020

4 min. Dir. Aslak Paltto

A reindeer herder is enduring the hardest and longest winter ever, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when life becomes a bit too predictable. Every day is the same: feeding, herding, and refueling. Every day, that is, until the snow melts.

Speakers: Dr. Tim Frandy (Sámi), Assistant Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University.

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