Birds in the Earth

Marja Helander

Birds in the Earth is a short film based on dance. The main characters are two young Sámi ballet students; Birit and Katja Haarla. The movie tells a bit melancholic story through their dance performances. At the same time it examines the deeper questions of the ownership of Sámi land.

Production Year
2018
Duration
00:10:40
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Eatnanvuloš Lottit – Maan sisällä linnut
English Title

Birds in the Earth

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Marja Helander (Author), Mauri Lähdesmäki (Cinematographer), Tapani Rinne (Composer), Wimme Saari (Composer), Marja Helander (Director), Mauri Lähdesmäki (Editor), Marja Helander (Producer), Marja Helander (Script), Pekka Aikio (Sound Design), Konsta Muffler Mikkonen (Sound Design), Pekka Kumpulainen (Sound Design), Outi Pieski (Assistant), Katja Haarla (Choreographer), Birit Haarla (Choreographer), Katja Haarla (Dance), Birit Haarla (Dance)
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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.