THE MOVIE

STORY

Tor has an inner, unconscious drive to stand up for the Sami, but he has long been his own opponent. When a mining company wants to open a mine in Gállok, he feel increasingly responsible not just for himself and his family, but for all Sami people. Now there is no time to work as a nature photographer anymore. But the Sami collective is divided. Who is Tor to claim that he represents the Sami threatened by the mine? Is it enough for him to take back his Sami family name Tuorda?

At the same time, Tors old friend Kjell realizes that he faces new opportunities. Jobs and business can come back to town. He has no need to think about his Sami heritage, even though he knows that his family belonged to a Sami village a long ago. He is Swedish and loves his work as a miner. A new mine would have been perfect for him and their small city that is about to die without a new industry. Everyone moves from there. There is hardly any job there if you are not a Sami and have reindeers. A mine in Gállok is the solution to everything.

An important element for the film is how unconcerned Tors daughter Astrid is in her Sami identity. She has not been influenced much by her father's complicated view on his own person. Growing up with Sami traditions, friends in the Sami community school and parents who always have a free and natural relationship with nature, separates her from her father. For her it is normal that her family does not belong to a Sami village or own any reindeers. Astrid therefore creates greater understanding of Tor's will and driving force, as well as Kjell and other people in Jokkmokk.

In the film's key scenes, we see how Tor undergoes a transformation from being a Swedish nature photographer to reconnect with the Sami traditions in a very personal way. A strong visual and emotional material is also when we follow Tor and Astrid to Scandinavia's biggest open mine Aitik. A bleak comparison with how a mine in Gállok will look like. The machines are huge and the damages to nature is impossible to restore. The mining company's solution is to cover several hundred hectares of destroyed land with thousands of tons of from human manure, which are transported daily from the wastewater treatment plant in Stockholm to the mines in the north.