LET THE RIVER FLOW
ELLOS EATNU – LA ELVA LEVE
Wed 12 July | 15:30 | Pálás Screen 1
2023 | Norway | 123’ | Narrative
Winner of the audience award at both Tromsø and Göteborg in 2023 this is a heartbreaking story inspired by a series of protests in 1970s-’80s Norway, “The Alta Conflict”.
During summer 1979, Ester moves to Alta in Northern Norway to begin teaching at an elementary school. Like many Sámi at the time, she is ashamed of her heritage and conceals her ethnicity. Ester goes to great lengths to fit in, even joining in with the derogatory jokes. When her cousin Mikkhal takes her to a camp by the Alta River where people are demonstrating against the building of a dam, Ester learns how the fight for the river is also a revolt against the years of brutal racism and discrimination against her people.
After a major confrontation with the police, Mikkhal and some other Sámi decide to go to Oslo to hunger strike in front of the Parliament. Knowing what is at stake, Ester realises it is time to make a stand…
Director/Writer: Ole Giæver
Producer: Maria Ekerhovd
Cast: Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, Gard Emil, Sofia Jannok, Beaska Niillas, Marie Kvernmo