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Films on IceCinemas of the Arctic$
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Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694174

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.001.0001

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Northern Exposures and Marginal Critiques: The Politics of Sovereignty in Sámi Cinema

Northern Exposures and Marginal Critiques: The Politics of Sovereignty in Sámi Cinema

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(p.45) 2. Northern Exposures and Marginal Critiques: The Politics of Sovereignty in Sámi Cinema
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Films on Ice
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Pietari Kääpä

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694174.003.0003

This chapter builds on Charles Taylor’s concept of the ‘politics of recognition’ to argue that new Sámi cinema practices in Finland eschew the image of the ‘mystical’ or exoticized Sámi and instead addresses contemporary issues of land and language rights and the self-governance of indigenous people. Kääpä shows how many recent films function as a ‘sub-regional forms of political self-definition’. Kääpä addresses the films of Paul Anders Simma, whose work ranges from activist works such as Give Us Our Skeletons! to fictional feature film productions such as Minister of State. Kääpä also considers the work of other recent Sámi filmmakers such as documentarian Katja Gauriloff. This chapter also addresses Finnish film politics and the current policies of the Finnish Film Foundation.

Keywords:   Sámi, Finnish Film Foundation, Paul-Anders Simma, Minister of State, Give Us Our Skeletons, Niila Somby, Katja Gauriloff, Documentary, Charles Taylor, politics of recognition, Finnish film

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