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The 2020 Sámi Film Festival: Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest

November 5, 2020—12:00 pmNovember 8, 2020—11:00 pm

THU—November 5 through SUN—November 8
Film package $12 ($8 ASF Members, National Nordic Museum Members, & Pacific Sámi Searvi Members)

This November, the 3rd Annual Sámi Film Festival explores Sámi values, visions, and stories, through a series of short films and documentaries from  Sápmi, which today encompasses large northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Presented a partnership between The National Nordic Museum in Seattle and Scandinavia House in New York, with support provided by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, The Embassy of Finland, Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, The Consulate General of Sweden in New York and institutional support provided by the Pacific Sámi Searvi and International Sámi Film Institute, films will be presented virtually from November 5 through 8, with a live filmmaker panel taking place on November 7 at 2 PM. 

The Sámi Film Festival will also include the package Short Films,” featuring seven short films by Sámi filmmakers. Each film package is $12, and $8 for ASF Members and members of National Nordic Museum and Pacific Sámi Searvi.


The feature film Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest /Kuun metsän Kaisa looks at the extraordinary friendship between Skolt Sámi storyteller Kaisa Gauriloff and Swiss writer Robert Crottet as it unfolds through the eyes of Gauriloff’s great-granddaughter Katja, who employs animated poetry and historical film footage from WWII as well as evocative vintage footage shot by Crottet and his life partner Enrique Mendez. (Documentary | Sápmi/Finland | 2016 | 86 minutes | Katja Gauriloff)

Preceding the feature film, the short documentary Heidi /Kai´ssi-U´lljan-Mää´rj-U´lljan (directed by Aleksi Ahlakorpi) tells the story a young Skolt Sámi woman gaining back her language and culture. (Short film/Documentary | 2017 | 9 minutes | Aleksi Ahlakorpi)


November 5, 2020—12:00 pm
November 8, 2020—11:00 pm