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Documentary Screening: Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest

  • Sat, February 24, 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Documentary Screening: Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest

Join us for a special screening of the award winning documentary Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Embassy of Finland.

A proud member of Finland’s indigenous Skolt Sami tribe, filmmaker Katia Gauriloff found footage of her grandmother Kaisa, a legendary storyteller and singer of le’udd epic ballads.

The poetic footage and newly created animation depicting the stories creates a moving portrait of a charismatic woman who stayed strong as WWII forced them to relocate to a part of Finland where they had to give up their reindeer-herding way of life.

The film tells a story of friendship and joining of destinies. The personal story of Robert Crottet and Kaisa is strongly intertwined with the fate of the Skolt Sámi during the war-time upheaval. As a result of the war the Skolt Sámi lost nearly everything. Robert Crottet acted as a spokesman for the Skolt Sámi in post-war Europe. His aim was to secure the future and way of life of Skolt Sámi. 

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