On Solid Ground: Sápmi & Indigenous Canada


THU 24/10 AT 17:00 FYRIS
SUN 27/10 AT 13:00 FYRIS


The land remains a central element to Indigenous cultures around the world. This collection of short films made by indigenous filmmakers from Sápmi and Canada explore the complex and layered aspects of our territories. The land connects the past, present, and future, and within it lies the roots of our strength and identities.

Curators: Anne-Lajla Utsi, Sunna Nousuniemi, Jason Ryle


The wolf has always been a sly and scary hunter who threatens the reindeer herd. But now the reindeer herd is threatened by a new kind of wolf.

FINLAND 2018. Fiction. 5 min. DIRECTION: Ken Are Bongo (Sámi)


This is a trilogy about Norway’s shame.

NORWAY 2019. Documentary. 11 min. DIRECTION: Elle Márjá Eira (Sámi/Blackfoot), Mai-Lis Eira (Sámi)


Two Sámi sisters from Finland dance through the villages and lost woods of Sámi land all the way to the south where the important decisions are made. The accent is on the ownership of Sámi land, the Sámi being the indigenous people of Fenno-scandinavia.

FINLAND 2019. Experimental. 11 min. DIRECTION: Marja Helander (Sámi)


This atmospheric tale follows a young girl and her reindeer as they try to escape the menacing darkness of colonial oppression in Sápmi. Guided by a spirit, she is reminded to listen to her inner voice and trust her instincts. Both directors draw inspiration from their family traditions.

FINLAND 2017. Animation. 5 min. DIRECTION:Anders Sunna (Sámi), Inga Wiktoria Påve (Sámi)


The film is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, reenactments, and archival photos, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents’ somewhat mythic love story and how it relates to the dissolution of her relationship with her father.

CANADA 2014. Fiction. 14 min. DIRECTION: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Sámi/Blackfoot)


The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region, and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sex trafficking.

CANADA 2017. Documentary. 12 min. DIRECTION: Michelle Latimer (Métis /Algonquin)


Lelum (the Hul’qumi’num word for “home”) portrays the strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives of Indigenous youth. Stunning aerial shots of British Columbia landscapes are complemented with messages that speak to our inherent responsibility to protect and show respect for our home.

CANADA 2017. Documentary. 9 min. DIRECTION: Asia Youngman (Cree, Iroquois, Carrier, Métis)


This self-reflective work utilizes the use of a split screen to examine ways of life for the people of Onyota’a:ka, both in the city of Toronto and on the Oneida Nation Settlement.

CANADA 2018. Experimental. 5 min. DIRECTION: Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler (Onyota’a:ka)


Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present, and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.

CANADA 2017. Documentary. 14 min. DIRECTION: Asinnajaq (Inuk)


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