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Locating Sami landscapes : landscape conceptions and landscape practices in recent Norwegian feature films
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This paper explores the different conceptions of landscape in recent Sami feature films. Some films present the landscape as part of a familiar site (a place) and others as a more distant location (space). Whereas place is about a sense of belonging and specificity, space is a location disconnected from people inhabiting it – a location between places. This is Mecsei's starting point for the paper. The films are all located in the arctic border areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Despite the shared geographical locations, the landscapes presented are far from similar. Gaups Pathfinder (1987) and The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008) show beautiful views of the snow covered tundra and make a majestic and respectful impression. An ecological relation between the Sami people and nature is emphasized. Simmas film Stol på ministeren (1996) is a burlesque comedy located in a remote Sami village where the inhabitants seem simple-minded and coarse. A primitive wilderness is presented. The road movie Bázo (Lars Göran Pettersson, 2003) is taking place in a modern society and the landscape seems cool and distanced. There is an underlying and “inherited” critical perspective. Mecsei wants to distinguish nuances between the films in relation to place as a meaningful location and space as an undifferentiated location.
Paper presented to the Media and Communication History division, Nordisk medieforskerkonference / NordMedia 2011