Sara Margrethe Oskal on THE TUNDRA WITHIN ME (TIFF 2023) – Rachel West interviews

In her first directorial debut feature, Sara Margrethe Oskal turned to her homeland for inspiration. A former reindeer herder, Oskal left her Sámi community in northern Norway to venture south where she is a successful artist and writer. Now, it’s her past that is giving inspiration for her first film, The Tundra Within Me. Some of the conversation in the film revolves around female reindeer herders who don’t wish to be singled out for doing the same jobs as men. It’s an interesting dichotomy and one that is echoed well beyond the borders of northern Norway.

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THE TUNDRA WITHIN ME (TIFF 2023) – Review by Rachel West

In her debut directorial feature film, writer-director Sara Margrethe Oskal paints a vividly loving portrait of the Sámi community in northern Norway in the semi-autobiographical The Tundra Within Me Exploring the universal themes of belonging, love, and forgiveness, The Tundra Within Me is truly a love letter to Sámi people bridging their own traditions with the pressures of the modern world. It succeeds on so many levels, it is nearly impossible to single out just one highlight. It’s truly a must-see.

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JE’VIDA (Tribeca 2023) – Review by Sherin Nicole

Filmed in black & white, with dialogue in the Skolt Sámi dialect (a global first), director Katja Gauriloff, alongside co-writer Niillas Holmberg, explores the destruction of original cultures at the feet of forced assimilation. The Sámi are an indiginous people who are native to Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Today roughly 300 people still speak the Skolt Sámi dialect and hold fast to their traditions. Je’vida may be fiction but it is their story

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