Monday, January 28, 2013


 This February 6, at 3 p.m. Pacific Lutheran University celebrates Sami National Day with a program that begins with the showing of the film Herdswoman, about three generations of Sami women reindeer herders.

"Aina, Elisabeth and Lisa belong to different generations. Their stories reflect life in Sápmi (Lapland) and the transition from nomadic existence to modern society. The film relates their pleasure in working with the reindeer. They live with and for their herds. When a court case questions their ancient rights to the reindeers’ pasture their life as reindeer keepers is at risk."

I love this photograph.

At 7 p.m. Harald Gaski will lecture on  “Celebrating the Return of the Sun and the Recognition of a People: The Sami National Day in the Context of Myth and Poetics.”

For the full schedule and  more information

Friday, January 11, 2013

Mumintrolls Meet Liv and Ingmar, only in Seattle

For those who live in the Seattle area, next weekend is a time to see Nordic films on Queen Anne. I'll be there--can't wait to see a short film about the Mumintrolls (Moomins to English speakers) and a documentary about Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergman, among many other fine offerings.

Nordic Lights Film Festival
January 18 - 20, 2013

"This cutting-edge cinematic event offers an immersion into the world of Nordic films, focusing on contemporary, award-winning feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, presented at the SIFF Film Center (at Seattle Center)."