Sparrooabbán (Me and My Little Sister)
SUVI WEST | SÁPMI - FINLAND/NORWAY | 2016 | 66 MIN | DOCUMENTARY
Sunday 23 October 2016 | 12:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
North American Premiere
Sparrooabbán is an intimate and moving glimpse into sisterhood, homosexuality and the search for acceptance. Director Suvi West and her youngest sister, Kaisa, are Sámis from northern Finland whose home village, Utsjoki, suffers from religious-based prejudices and conservative values that haunt gay people’s lives on a daily basis. Suvi feels powerless to help her lesbian sister in the face of her community’s persistent colonial taboo about homosexuality, especially as Kaisa chooses to have a baby. What begins as a journey of self-discovery becomes a tender, loving and powerful portrait of two sisters whose bond becomes unbreakable.
Suvi West (Sámi) has directed four documentaries that travelled to many international festivals and were broadcast around Scandinavia. Well-known in Finland, she is a producer, director, writer and actor who co-created the hit Sámi comedy TV series Njuoska bittut.