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Ellos eatnu - Let the River Flow | Sold out!

Introduction by Ole Giæver and Synnøve Persen
Tuesday 18.04.23
ELLOS EATNU LA ELVA LEVE Ella Marie Haetta Isaksen Ester foto Mer Film

Welcome to the film screening of the critically acclaimed Ellos eatnu - Let the River Flow with an introduction by Ole Giæver and text reading by Synnøve Persen. The film deals with the Alta case in the late 1970s, where the agenda of Norwegian authorities collided with Sami interests.

Organized by Litteraturhuset in connection with All This Is My Home: Sami and Kven/Norwegian-Finnish Literature Days.


Before the screening, director Ole Giæver will give an introduction about his work with the film and the writer and artist Synnøve Persen will perform the text Drømmen om Sápmi written in 1986. Persen was herself one of the activists during the Alta action and has been one of Giæver's inspirations for the main character Ester.

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About the film

Ester moves to Alta in the autumn of 1979 and starts her first job as a substitute teacher. To fit in at school, she keeps her Sami background hidden.

Ester's cousin is a Sami activist and participates in the demonstrations against the planned hydroelectric power plant in Altaelva. When Ester joins him at the protest camp, she grows more and more aware of her Sami roots. She throws herself into a conflict-filled battle for the preservation of the river and for the right to be herself.

Ellos eatnu - La elva leve is a drama with deep conflicts about a young person's courage in the fight for Sami rights in one of the most important events in Sami and Norwegian history.


Ester fárre 1979 čavčča Áltái ja bargagoahtá vuohččan sadjásaš oahpaheaddjin. Heiven dihte bargoustibiid searvái son čiegada sámi duogáža. Estera vilbealli lea sámi aktivista ja lea searvvis miellačájehemiin Álttájoga dulvadeami vuosttá. Ester vuolgá su mielde vuosttálastinbáikái gos moriha ja guođđigoahtá heahpatvuođa.Son searvá garra dáistaleapmái joga várjaleamis ja beassandihte leat gii son duođaid lea.

Ellos eatnu - La elva leve lea drámá čiekŋalis riidduid ja nuorra olbmo duostilvuođa birra rahčamušas sámi vuoigatvuođaid ovddas ovtta dain deháleamos dáhpáhusain Sámi ja Norgga historjjás.

Ellos eatnu - La elva leve | Trailer | Mer Film

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