Sami documentary about sexual abuse receives funding

An upcoming Sami documentary about sexual abuse has received production support from the Nordnorsk Film Centre.

Called The Silence in Sapmi, the documentary aims to explore a taboo in the Sami community – sexual abuse. Director Liselotte Wajstedt wants to show an insight into how the closed Sami community treats the topic of sexual abuse and its victims. The documentary will find the cause of such serious issues becoming blurred and reveal the unacceptable actions that take place. 

The documentary comes after the huge success of the #MeToo movement, which put focus on abuse and harassment in the entertainment industry. However, Wajstedt’s film will try and explore how abuse can be immersed in a culture and how it’s extra challenging to uncover it within a closed culture that has itself been suppressed. 

In 2015, there was a report that revealed that there are more Sami than ethnic Norwegian and Swedish women who are the subject of abuse, and the number of suicides among women is higher in Sapmi than elsewhere. 

No release date has been announced.

Source: Rushprint

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.