Dolastallat – To Have a Campfire

Marja Helander

Dolastallat – To Have a Campfire is an experimental short film about a Sámi woman going to the mountains in Kola Peninsula, and having a modern campfire with an unexpected creature. The vast landscape bears hints of Arctic mining industry and there is also a reference to the old Sámi myth.

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Original Title
Dolastallat - To Have a Campfire
Finnish Title

Dolastallat – Tulistella

English Title

Dolastallat – To Have a Campfire

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Marja Helander (Author), Mauri Lähdesmäki (Cinematographer), Tapani Rinne (Composer), Marja Helander (Director), Mauri Lähdesmäki (Editor), Marja Helander (Producer), Marja Helander (Script), Pekka Aikio (Sound Design), Kai Tuomola (Sound Design), Mauri Lähdesmäki (Assistant Director), Kai Tuomola (Assistant Director), Marja Helander (Performer)
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Marja Helander (b.1965) is a Finnish photographic and video artist. She graduated from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki in 1999. Her earlier work explored her own identity between the Finnish and the Sámi culture. Helander’s recent photographic work has focused on Northern landscape. The accent of the work is on the postcolonial topics in the Sámi area, focusing particularly on the global mining industry. The encounter between nature and mankind is not harmonious, but destructive. On the other hand, her video works are playful, exploring the contradiction between the traditional Sámi way of life and the modern society. Her recent short film Birds in the Earth won the Risto Jarva Prize and the main prize of the National Competition at Tampere Film Festival 2018. Marja Helander has participated in solo and group exhibitions and her works have been acquired for various public collections in Finland and abroad.