Suodji (Shelter) is an adaptation of an old story from Utsjoki, Sápmi. It is a legend of what the director’s relative Ovllá-Ivvár Helander did during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Utsjoki. Ovllá-Ivvár decided to fool Death and take his fate into his own hands. The protagonist of the film walks in Ovllá-Ivvár’s footsteps, performing her own modification of the old tale. But in the end, who is really who?
Director: Marja Helander – Sámi
Producers: Marja Helander – Sámi, Liisa Holmburg – Sámi
Writers: Marja Helander – Sámi, Mauri Lähdesmäki
Finland/Norway| 2019 | 4 min
Sámi w/ English Subtitles ǀ Experimental
North American Premiere
Master of Fine Arts, visual artist and photographer Marja Helander is an internationally recognized and awarded Deatnu Sámi. Her recent video works are playful, exploring the contradiction between the traditional Sámi way of life and modern society.
Content Warning: None
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