Urfilm: Binnáš vel!


Binnáš vel! is a collection of short films that explore Indigenous relationships to water and land resources, and their struggle for their right to manage them.

The film program is an extension of the gallery exhibition. Full program: 30 minutes, showing in Nisga’a House. No advance tickets required.

Geaidnoearus / Ved Veiskillet
Sápmi/Norway, 2022, 15 min. Documentary
Directed/written by: Elina Waage Mikalsen and Magnus Holmen
Language: Norwegian, English subtitles

A road trip along Repparfjord tells a story about mineral extraction and solidarity, about a once-polluted fjord slowly coming back to life. A region of contradiction, and central in a conflict where Sámi rights, nature conservation, and Norwegian values meet.

The Repparfjord, located in Troms og Finnmark in northern Norway, is under threat after the Norwegian government approved plans to use the fjord as a landfill for mining waste. The fjord is a national salmon fjord with spawning grounds for coastal cod and an important resource for Sámi reindeer husbandry in the area.

Elina Waage Mikalsen and Magnus Holmen (b. 1992 and 1991) live and work in Oslo. Waage Mikalsen’s artistic work often departs in her Sámi/Norwegian background where the holes from Norwegian assimilation become pathways to new narratives. Holmen works with moving images and is also part of the curatorial collective HÆRK. Educated in both film and fine art, the artists work together to map out complex questions around identity and landscape, marginalized stories, and Sámi perspectives in the time of natural disaster.

In the Shadow of the Tugtupite

Kalaallit Nunaat, 2020, 6 min. Documentary
Directed/written by: Inuk Jørgensen
Language: Greenlandic, English subtitles

A poetic short film that interrogates the issues around resource extraction both past and future, and what mining might mean in Greenland's pursuit for independence.

Inuk Jørgensen (b. 1981) from Qaqortoq, Kalaallit Nunaat, is an award-winning filmmaker who focuses on personal stories, Inuit culture, history, and identity.

Duhát jagi

Sápmi, 2022, 6 min. Documentary
Directed/written by: Ellos Deatnu
Language: North Sámi, English subtitles

The river Deatnu (Fin. Teno, Nor. Tana) is quiet, as the states of Norway and Finland decided to completely ban fishing of Atlantic Salmon, due to the weak status of the salmon stocks. In North Sámi language the word bivdit has two meanings. It is the concrete action when you are trying to catch something, but bivdit also means to ask for, to request something from someone. Bivdit is the main question in this short film. The film is also an audiovisual tribute to Deatnu watershed and it´s inhabitant, Atlantic Salmon.

Ellos Deatnu [Long Live Deatnu!] is a group of activists that resists the new Deatnu Agreement and supports the self-determination of the Sámi people and their local governance of the Deatnu area. The group consists of local Sámi from the Deatnu area as well as other activists.


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