Short film Suodji (Shelter) at imagineNATIVE Film Festival

Short film Suodji (Shelter) at imagineNATIVE Film Festival

Marja Helander’s short film Suodji (Shelter), will have its North American premiere at imagineNATIVE.

24. – 26.10.2020




ImagineNATIVE is the largest indigenous film and screen content festival in the world, taking place online this year with worldwide access to most of the programming. 

Suodji (Shelter) will be seen in the short film programme WHITE October 24 – 26. It was created for the International Sámi Film Institute challenge for Sámi filmmakers to depict the on-going situation with COVID-19 through film, resulting in a miniseries of 15 films, including Suodji.

The International Sámi Film Institute ISSFI is represented at the festival by Film Commissioner and Lapland ambassador Liisa Holmberg in the industry panel Indigenous Language Production Circumpolar Region on October 22.

In Suodji (Shelter) Helander makes use of a family legend of how a relative dealt with the Spanish Flu of 1918 that had reached far North into Finnish Lapland, with her trademark subtle humour. 

Marja Helander is a world-renowned, multi-award winning Sámi photographer, video artist, visual artist and filmmaker who has works in the National Gallery of Canada, and whose previous short film Eatnanvuloš Lottit – Birds in the Earth  toured extensively in Canada and was awarded the Kent Monkman Award for Best Experimental Work at imagineNATIVE in 2018. 

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