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Herdswoman
This film follows three Sami women for whom reindeer herding is more than an occupation.
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2010 07:12 GMT

Filmmaker: Kine Boman

Herdswoman is about three Sami women to whom reindeer herding is more than a mere occupation - it is a way of life, their culture.

Aina, Elisabeth and Lisa belong to different generations. Their stories reflect life in Sápmi (Lapland) and the transition from nomadic existence to modern society.

The film relates their pleasure in working with the reindeer. They live with and for their herds. The women raise questions about the essence of life. Their thoughts, dreams and memories show their view of life and its essential values.

But when a court case questions their ancient rights to the reindeers' pasture their life as reindeer keepers is at risk.

The film illustrates humanity's inner driving force and the struggle for existence. It shows the vulnerability of indigenous peoples in modern society and the colonisation process, which has led to the present conflict about the right to land and water.

Herdswoman can be seen from Sunday, January 2.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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