Author: Tina Andersson (CC-BY SA), ndla.no
There is little that is «typical Sámi» in Hilbes biigá. Nevertheless, this short film reflects young Sámi reality today. The film has been screened at a number of film festivals around the world and won several awards.
Fifteen-year-old Máigon and her best friend Ánne-Sire live in a small village on the Arctic tundra. It’s summer, the midnight sun is shining and the nights are nightless. The somewhat naive Máigon is challenged by the more experienced Ánne-Sire to make her sexual debut.
Máigon feels pressured, but she has her own plan: a road trip to Sweden, but not without risk. Hilbes biigá is a punk road movie about friendship, sexuality, boundaries and not least longing.
Hilbes biigá has several similarities with the Swedish feature film Fucking Åmål (1998), by director Lukas Modysson. Fucking Åmål depicts the youth enviroment in a small town in nothern Sweden.
7 Sámi Stories
Since the establishment of the International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) in Kautokeino in 2009, Sámi film has really made a name for itself. Hilbes biigá is part of the renowned film program «7 Sámi Stories», which has so far shown seven Sámi short films at over 70 film festivals around the world.