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Sáhtášii leat vearrátge

Author: Tina Andersson, Norgesfilm AS

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About the filmmaker

Hans Pieski has had a growing interest in shooting and editing videos for the last few years. As his equipment got gradually better and he got more skilled, he felt that it was natural to take on more serious projects.

When he decided to make Sáhtášii leat vearrátge the timing was good. He felt he could morph a nature art film he had been planning and shooting for, to a corona themed film.

The film follows Pieskis normal family life during the lockdown.

Hans Pieskis five favorite films:

  • Lost in translation by Sofia Coppola 
  • Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Shawshank redemption by Frank Darabont
  • Lost highway by David Lynch
  • Fight club by David Fincher


The film Sáhtášii leat vearrátge is part of the mini-series Home Sweet Home. The film is directed by the sámi filmmaker from Finland, Hans Pieski. 

Home Sweet Home had its premiere on ISFI's streaming service on Friday 5th of June 2020. 

The mini-series was made on the initiative of the International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI). In April 2020 ISFI initiated a film challenge for Sámi filmmakers to depict the on-going situation with COVID-19 through film. Altogether 18 directors took part in the challenge and created 15 short films.


The tasks are suitable for pupils in elementary school.

In this film we get to know two young schoolgirls that live in Ohcejohka in Finland. Life is peaceful in Ohcejohka. At least until the year 2020. One of the girls felt like the world was turned upside down when she heard the news about the coronavirus. Because of the virus her school had to close down, and the pupils were attending home school for two months. 

She wasn't able to play with her friends, and she couldn't visit her grandmother.

  • What did you feel when you heard the news about the coronavirus?
  • Did you like distance learning from home when the schools closed down?
  • What in your life changed during lockdown?

One of the girls in the film is wondering what kids from other places did during lockdown. 

  • Describe a day in your life during the lockdown period.

Many families stockpiled food in the spring of 2020. The family we meet in the film always stockpile food for the winter during the summer and fall.

  • What does stockpile mean?
  • How often do you and your family normally go to the store to shop groceries?
  • Did this change during the lockdown period?
  • Why do you think many people stockpiled food when it was lockdown?

The girls in the film feel that they almost learn more at home than at school.

  • Why do you think they feel like that?
  • Do you feel the same way, or do you learn more at school than at home?


The film Sáhtášii leat vearrátge is a short documentary film. The film follows the life of two schoolgirls during the coronavirus lockdown in the spring of 2020. 

  • Do you know the difference between a documentary film and a fiction film?
  • Did you like the film?
  • Why did you like/dislike it?
  • Did you learn anything new from watching the film?

Imagine that someone would make a film about your life during the spring of 2020.

  • What would the film be about?
  • What stories would you tell?