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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Sámi nieida jojk, 2007

(Obs! It’s lo resulotion version of the film)

Year: 2007
Length: 58 min
Director: Liselotte Wajstedt
Production: LittleBig Productions

OBS! It is not allowed to show the film publicly. Rights should apply for LittleBig Productions.

Sámi nieida jojk is a documentary roadmovie into Sápmi. Armed in a Kolt and with a summer’s course in the lingo she is determined to take her place among the people she belongs to. In spite of being Sami herself, she has stood outside the Sami community, bereft of the language and other attributes of the culture. It’s an exciting trip, filled with expectations of new and fulfilling experiences, but the hovering fear of rejection and alienation lurks around the corner. This strong story is portrayed through humoristic documentary narration, imaginative animation and musical editing. How much a Sami can you be living in the city and without reindeers? Will she be accepted in Sameland?


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