Tromsø International Film Festival
15.01 - 21.01

The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute is collaborating with Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF)  to screen films from the Finnish side of Sápmi. During TIFF 2024, several aspects of truth and reconciliation will be highlighted through the program Films From the North. On Wednesday 17. January, the festival brings culture and arts professionals together for a panel discussion on reclaiming cultural heritage of the Sámi, a central theme explored in Suvi West and Anssi Kömi’s documentary Homecoming


Finally, the Sámi people are to reclaim their heritage. Debates about cultural diversity, truth, and reconciliation are sparking much-needed change. But how can the profound wounds of being deprived of belongings, cultural and spiritual symbols, and even the remains of their ancestors heal?

This question is asked in the powerful and personal documentary MÁHCCAN – HOMECOMING by Suvi West and Anssi Kömi and serves as starting point for this talk.

Welcome to a conversation moderated by Sajje Solbakk, Festival Director of Riddu Riđđu.

Suvi West, filmmaker, Runar Myrnes Balto, Member of the Governing Council of the Sámi Parliament and Marit Myrvoll.

Location: Tromsø Library, Grønnegata 94, top floor.
Date: Wednesday  17 January, 15:00
Duration: 45 min
The event is free and open for everyone. The Tromsø Library is wheelchair accessible. 

Other highlights from TIFF’s Off Screen -events

TRUTH THROUGH FILM – Can culture contribute to reconciliation?
Location: Tromsø Library
Date:  Monday 15  January, 15:00

Masterclass in film music with the experimental group Cleaning Women
Location: Tvibit Scene
Date: Friday 19  January, 10:00

Films from the Finnish side of Sápmi and Finland

Feature Films

Homecoming (Máhccan) (2023)
Director: Suvi West, Anssi Kömi
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Jévida (2023)
Director:Katja Gauriloff
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Karaoke Paradise (Karaokeparatiisi) (2022)
Director: Einari Paakkanen
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Ruthless Times – Songs of Care (Armotonta menoa – Hoivatyön lauluja) (2022)
Director: Susanna Helke
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Short Films 

ASAP (2023)
Director: Hannu-Pekka Peltomaa
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Home River (Ruoktojohka) (2023)
Director: Kati Eriksen, Scott Thornton
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My Grandfather’s Language (Isoisäni kieli) (2023)
Director: Jukka Vuorela-Morottaja
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About Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF)

Tromsø International Film Festival is a popular film festival for our audience, and an important meeting point for the Norwegian and international film industry. TIFF screens challenging quality films for a local, national and international audience. 

Find the full program on TIFF website.

TIFF is supported by The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute (FINNO). The panel discussion HOME TO SÁPMI is organized in collaboration between TIFF, Riddu Riđđu festivala and The Finnish-Norwegian Cultural Institute. 

Bilde: Ville-Riiko Fofonoff /Suomen elokuvasäätiö