For the past five years, November 29 has been celebrated as a general Sami flag day in the Nordic countries, to celebrate the birthday of the Sami political pioneer Elsa Laula Renberg. Várdduo – center for Sami research at Umeå University, celebrates the day by inviting to a symposium, this year in collaboration with Umeå European Film Festival 2021.
The event will be held in Swedish.
Through various films from the early 20th century until today, we tell about the project Sami audiovisual collection – films and TV programs in archives and on the web. When it comes to films with Sami participation, the film industry has for a long time shown interest in the Sami culture. Despite the importance of moving images during the 20th century as mediators of history and culture, not least popular cultural perceptions, there is still no comprehensive survey of or review of the films and television programs depicting the Sami and Sami culture. In the project, films with Sami content are collected and compiled in a database. The project will result in a searchable digital database where films and metadata will be available.
During the symposium, film screenings are mixed with information on how the films have been collected in different archives, how new metadata based on a Sami perspective and Sami knowledge are added to the database. We also discuss the various ethical issues the films and the project raise.
The Sami audiovisual collection project is a collaboration between Várdduo – Center for Sami Research at Umeå University, Ájtte, the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University, the Royal Library, the Sami Parliament and the Swedish Film Institute.