Rahčan – Ella’s Riot

Ella is Sámi, a member of the indigenous population of Northern Europe. She’s also a pop star and activist who wants to protect the Sámi cultural heritage and the northern ecosystems.

In addition to unique nature, the mountains in northern Norway, which is where Ella comes from, also have large copper deposits. When the Norwegian government issues a mining permit for the region and a stunning fjord is threatened by toxic waste, Ella decides to act, joining the front lines of a protest movement. Civil disobedience appears to be the only way to stop the mining. The successful young musician’s activist efforts to gain respect for the planet come into conflict with the interests of the mining companies. The film, set upon the background of Sámi electro-pop, also provides a look at the Sámi community, the history of their forced assimilation, and their will to retain their traditions and natural environment.

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About the film

TitleRahčan – Ella’s Riot
Original Title
Original LanguageNorwegian
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2022
Country of OriginNorway
Length72 min.
Director Anne Marte Blindheim
Rahčan – Ella’s Riot