The Indigenous Peoples’ Film Festival Skábmagovat will take place in Inari, Finland, from 23 to 26 January 2020. The Northern lights Theatre is made entirely from snow. This unique theatre is at the Sámi Museum grounds in the middle of the Northern pine forest.
In addition to Sámi cinema, the film programme will spotlight the film production of South America, focusing especially on indigenous films from Peru. The festival will, for example, screen the Aymara-language film Wiñaypacha (Eternity) by Óscar Catacora, a film which has also been Peru’s candidate for the Academy Awards.
Jorma Lehtola the artistic director.
– Through this theme, we want to emphasize the special relationship indigenous peoples have with nature. The nations who respect their environment most are often the ones who end up suffering from its destruction, as has happened, for example, in the Amazon rainforest, says Jorma Lehtola, the Artistic Director of the festival when giving reasons for the festival’s focus in 2020.
In honour of the new decade, the festival will also highlight the art of dancing in addition to the art of cinema, making dancing visible both in films and the rest of the programme. Thus, the festival will again offer the audience special experiences outside the screenings too, for example, in the form of
discussions and the festival nights of the Skábma Club.
The organizers of the film festival include both old hands and new faces. Taru Arrela will continue as the producer and Jorma Lehtola as the artistic director. The organization is strengthened by Anni Koivisto, who works as an assistant producer, and Tiina-Maria Aalto, who will start as a festival
assistant at the beginning of November. As before, the Skábmagovat Film Festival is arranged by the association Friends of Sámi Art.
– It’s great to be able to work as part of a team which consists of a good mixture of experience and new ideas. I hope that we will be able to build a whole that will serve both new and old visitors. We are also happy to receive any feedback and ideas on how to develop the festival, so that we can offer
unforgettable festival moments for many kinds of people, says Producer Taru Arrela.
There will also be new winds blowing in the near future: before the end of this year, Skábmagovat will have a new website and logo – the winner of a logo contest that will be launched soon.