DocPicks for Saturday: realities of indigenous peoples

The 20-year-old DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be organized online due to Covid-restrictions. The 71 films in the programme will be screened from Friday 29th Jan until Sunday 7th Feb at Festhome – and for the first time, everywhere in Finland! DocPoint’s Daily Picks will help you navigate through the possibly overwhelming programme of the festival.

The second festival day is dedicated to indigenous peoples. Through these unique films we get a glimpse of different realities from Paraguay to the US, from Indonesia to Central African Republic and from the shores of Brazil all the way to the Northern Sámi lands.

Presented at the Finnish Competition, EATNAMEAMET – OUR SILENT STRUGGLE is a depiction of the Sámi politics of Finland and the Sámi people’s battle for their existence, directed by Suvi West.

An in-depth discussion of the topic will be arranged online: “Finns who think they own Sámi land“. Joining the discussion are Saami Council Vice President Áslat Holmberg, activist Petra Laiti, and Greenpeace Forest campaigner Max Liimatainen. The discussion will be moderated by Eatnameamet’s impact producer, Emmi Nuorgam. The online discussion is free and open for all.

The beautiful opening film of IDFA, NOTHING BUT THE SUN, shows the effects of Christianity and colonialism for Ayoreo people living in Paraguay. END OF THE LINE – THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK is a fresh documentary about the protest of the indigenous peoples of North Dakota that went viral a few years back. NEWTOPIA is a film about a search for utopia in the Indonesian jungle, lead by the shaman Aman Paksa. MAKONGO is a portrait of Pygmies living in Central Africa and NO KINGS follows the life of Brasilian Caiçara people between living between a vast rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean.


All DocPoint films are available at Festhome from Jan 29th to Feb 7th except for GUNDA, which will be available for 48 hours from Saturday 30th January 12:00 noon.

Check out the frequently asked questions about Festhome, ticket sales and other issues here.

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