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The Sami Have Rights

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Harstad Cinema / screen 2

Pre-film to The Green Lie

Directors: Elle Márjá Eira og Mai-Lis Eira

A trilogy about Norway's shame.


Short film and art project. This project is growing and evolving over time. It started in 2018 with an art exhibition "Let the river flow" by Office for Contemporary Art Norway. The premiere of the film “The Sámi have rights” was at Tromsø International Film Festival 2019. Opening of the art exhibition "The Sámi have rights" takes place in spring 2019.

The filmmakers behind this project are reindeer owners and they tell about the situation that the Sámi reindeer herders are in today. “It`s about our rights and survival of reindeer husbandry. Many reindeer herders have to go to court to defend their reindeer herding pastures and land. In order for us to discuss this, we must also look back at the Sámi history”.

Orginal title: SÁMIIN LEAT RIEVTTIT, Producers: Ken Are Bongo og Elle Márjá Eira, Sapmi 2019. Length: 11 min. Language: Norwegian / Sami. Subtitles: English

About the directors:

Eira sisters. Photo: Marie Louise Somby

Eira sisters. Photo: Marie Louise Somby

Elle Márjá Eira (b. 1983) is artist, director, musician and producer from Kautokeino. Mai-Lis Eira (b. 1991) is director and artist from Kautokeino. Elle Márjá and Mai-Lis are sisters and belong to the reindeer herding district 26 Lákkonjárga in Northern Norway.

Earlier Event: October 20
Rudy og Lynmonsteret
Later Event: October 20
The Green Lie