Film screening: La elva leve!, Bredo Greve, 1980
With introduction by Aleksander U. Serigstad and presentation by Monica Mecsei
12 March / 17.00–19.30 / Foyer
La elva leve! (Let the river live!) was used as a slogan during the Alta conflict in the late 1970s, where Sámi activists and environmentalists stood together against the development of the Alta-Kautokeino watercourse. Directed by Bredo Greve, the film La elva leve! stages this particular action through a mixture of documentary and fiction.
The film is in Sámi and Norwegian, with Norwegian subtitles. The introduction and presentation are in Norwegian.
- Introduction by Aleksander U. Serigstad
17.00–17.10 Before the screening Aleksander U. Serigstad will give a short introduction of La elva leve! and its director Bredo Greve, addressing the film’s initial reception as well as its current status. Aleksander U. Serigstad is a film scholar and director of the documentary film Bredo Greve – Filmrebell (2014). Serigstad co-organized the web series Filmjunkiene (The Film Junkies) between 2009 and 2019, and is currently running the podcast Norsk kultfilm (Norwegian cult film) together with Kristian Serigstad Jensen, presenting interviews and topics from Norwegian film history.
- Presentation by Monica Mecsei
19.10–19.30 La elva leve! (1980) depicts Sámi activism against the installment of a hydropower plant in the Alta river in Finnmark issued by the Norwegian government. The so-called Alta controversy marks a turn in Norwegian politics towards the Sámi people. The film’s political satire contributes to a shift from films about the Sámi people to Sámi cinema. Mecsei’s lecture will shed light on how La elva leve! is part of the Sámi mobilization in a film historical perspective. Monica Mecsei has worked at NTNU (Norwegian Institute of Technology and Science) with Sámi film and teaching film and media studies for over fifteen years. She is particularly concerned with how film creates historical and cultural meeting points that weave together past and present. She has curated Sámi film programs, consulted on exhibitions, published articles in international books, and made statistics on Sámi film for the Norwegian government.