Work in progress

Work title: Silence in Sápmi

5e intervjun .pct


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Produksjonsselskap: Paranord Film AS

Co-produsent: Vaja Productions

Regissør: Liselotte Wajstedt

Produsent: Linn Henriksen

Sjanger: Dokumentarfilm

Lengde: 80 min


I sporene etter #metoo og de rystende avsløringene som kom frem, kommer nå

filmen ”Tystnaden i Sápmi” som handler om seksuelle overgrep og psykisk uhelse i Sápmi.

I 2015 kom det ut en rapport som viser at det er flere samiske enn etnisk norske og svenske kvinner som blir utsatt for overgrep..  Faktumet at også selvmordsstatistikken  viser seg å være merkbart høyere i Sápmi enn andre steder er bekymringsverdig. Noe er galt. Og det finnes med stor sannsynlighet sammenhenger her. Mange unge samer har det ikke bra i dag.

Siden omfanget av #metoo-sakene begynte å demre for oss  forsto vi at det nok nødvendigvis ikke er flere overgrep i Sápmi enn i resten av verden. Den store forskjellen er strukturene rundt ofrene. Det er enn langt større problematikk enn hva vi aner.


With development support from:

Co-producer: Filmpool Nord, Katja Härkönen

Swedish Filminstitutet, Klara Grunning

International Sámi Filminstitutet

Nordnorskt Filmsenter

Region Norrbotten

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KIRUNA Ortdrivaren / eng. KIRUNA The Drift Block
70 min documentary, in process
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
A production of Liselotte Wajstedt

With support from:

Co Producers: Filmpool Nord

Konstnärsnämnden 2015

Sámi council, 2015

Norrlands läns landsting, 2015

Samiske Kunstneres og Forfatteres Vederlagsfond, arbetsstipendium 2015

Privat: AB Skrot Johan Invest


Kiruna Ortdrivaren /  Kiruna The Drift Block 
I work on an artistic film/research project on the displacement of Kiruna. Working title is “Kiruna – Ortdrivaren”. It is an artistic and Indigenous Methodologies project from the inside, about and with the Mine, the City, the Place, the Move and the People.

The name The Drift Block, Ortdrivaren in Swedish, refers to the fantastic housing block Ortdrivaren developed by the architect Ralph Erskine. He took the functional and aesthetic concerns of our mountainous world and the mine mountain into consideration.

Moving the town Kiruna is a process that will take many years and it is necessary to follow the process on site. I have a unique position to do so as I grew up in Kiruna and currently live there. I work so to speak from the inside and can follow the process at close quarters.

My aim now is to tell the story of the town Kiruna in an in-depth project. It is important to think about place and people. What happens in the glitches between place and human beings?

Kiruna is my home. I think a lot about home and the meaning of home, place and identity. I grew up in Kiruna with a Sami mother and a father who comes of a people that lived in symbiosis with the Samis. This people is called Lantalaiset, some of them call themselves Kväner today.

Kiruna is a lot! To me, in my heart, it is my Sami identity that makes me feel part of the nature up here in the north. I love the mountains, the forests and my big family. But Kiruna is also an important and very special town. Kiruna is a working-class town, has always been so and is still. The town depends completely on the mine. Without the mine I doubt that Kiruna would exist in its present form. At the moment, it is also very exciting as the town is moving. It does not happen very often that plans are made to move an entire town

What is most tangible is perhaps that I grew up on solid ground. We knew nothing about the fact that our neighborhood was to be demolished and fall into a pit. The children growing up today know that the place is not secure. I wonder how it affects them to live somewhere between now and then? What was they haven’t known, what’s now is unsure and what’s to come does not exist.

In between 2007 and 2011, I made the film Kiruna – Space Road (Kiruna – Rymdvägen). Here, I tell about my childhood experience in Kiruna during the 70s and 80s and about losing the place of my childhood and subsequently a sense of security. I tell about the town and how it is built around the mine.

As I realized in 2005 that my houses were to be pulled down, because otherwise they would fall into an abyss, I panicked and experienced it as the disappearance of my memories; I would have nothing left to return to. I started looking for what I had forgotten before it would be too late.

Many of those I grew up with and some of my relatives have had to leave the Ullspiran area and Gruvfogdegatan. The houses have been demolished at the moment.  It sure is sad.

There is another aspect that is forgotten: the situation of the Samis. The Sami villages have a rough time. I have spoken to people who feel dejected and sad and worried about how the situation will affect their livelihood and way of living. Mines are more important than reindeers and living Sami culture. The mountain on which Kiruna is situated is former autumnal grazing land for the reindeers. The path up the mountain with the reindeers went straight through that place. The paths they took are long since gone. New paths have been trodden around Kiruna, and now these too have to be remade due to new ore findings. The Samis say they don’t have a plan D anymore.


Kiruna Rymdvägen, 2013

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Ruotnas Várri, new Music Video

The Music Video Ruotnas Várri / The Green Mountain

A part of the feature documentary film project KIRUNA ORTDRIVAREN

Music: Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen

Stierdna Production Label

Director: Liselotte Wajstedt

Photo: Olle Sundberg, Liselotte Wajstedt, Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, Mikael Johansson

Aftereffects: Jennie Nyström

Production: Barents Film and Video productions and Liselotte Wajstedt

Co-Production Filmpool Nord, Katja Härkönen

Support: Konstnärsnämnden, Sámi Council, Region Norrbotten


I work on an artistic film/research project on the displacement of Kiruna. Working title is “Kiruna – Ortdrivaren”. It is an artistic and Indigenous Methodologies project from the inside, about and with the Mine, the City, the Place, the Move and the People.  As part of this project I follow the Gábna Sámi Village and in particular one of the herders and now also the president of the village; Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen, in his daily life. Kuhmunen is also a yoiker and his artistic work forms part of the project.

Ruotnas Várri – the Green Mountain, the mountain Mertainen.

Mertainen has always been crucial to Gábna; the reindeer have had access to lichen from the trees. Lichen in the trees has become more important as the current climate change is impacting negatively on the grazing available on the ground.  When the trees are cut down or contaminated by dust from the mining, it is a major threat to the reindeer herding and thus to the Sámi culture. Also psychologically the mountain is an important place: the Mother mountain. Now the state mining company has started mining for ore here.


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