Birds in the Earth

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    Birds in the Earth

    Eatnanvulos lottit - Maan sisällä linnut

    Directed by

    Finland, Norway

    2018

    11 min

    • Finnish

    Drama, Experimental

    BIRDS IN THE EARTH is a short film based on dance. The main characters are two young Sámi ballet students; Birit and Katja Haarla. The movie tells a bit melancholic story through their dance performances. At the same time, it examines the deeper questions of the ownership of Sámi land.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Birit Haarla
    Katja Haarla
    Screenplay
    Marja Helander
    Cinematography
    Mauri Lähdesmäki
    Editing
    Mauri Lähdesmäki
    Music
    Wimme Saari
    Tapani Rinne
    Distributor
    AV-ARKKI
    Production
    MARJA HELANDER
    Marja  Helander

    Marja Helander

    Finland

    Marja Helander is a Sámi photographer, video artist and film-maker with roots both in Helsinki and Utsjoki. In her work, she has studied various themes including her own identity between the Finnish and the Sámi culture. Since 1992, Helander’s work has been exhibited in two dozen solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. In her art, Marja Helander often builds from her own background between two cultures, the Finnish and the Sámi culture. What drives Marja as an artist is curiosity and the willingness to always learn something new. – This is why making video art and short films has been so inspiring after a long career in photography, Helander says. At the 2018 Tampere Film Festival, Marja Helander was awarded the Risto Jarva Prize for her film Eatnanvuloš lottit, Birds In The Earth. The Mänttä Art Festival has selected Marja Helander as the curator for the 2019 exhibition.