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Let the River Flow

Let the River Flow

Drama | Norwegian | 123 minutes


Beta Cinema

Cast & Crew


Ole Giæver


Maria Ekerhovd


Ole Giæver


Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, Gard Emil, Sofia Jannok


During summer 1979, Ester moves to Alta in Northern Norway to begin teaching at an elementary school. Like many Sámi at the time, she is ashamed of her heritage and conceals her ethnicity. Ester goes to great lengths to fit in, even joining in with the derogatory jokes. When her cousin Mikkhal takes her to a camp by the Alta River where people are demonstrating against the building of a dam, Ester learns how the fight for the river is also a revolt against the years of brutal racism and discrimination against her people. After a major confrontation with the police, Mikkhal and some other Sámi decide to go to Oslo to hunger strike in front of the Parliament. Knowing what is at stake, Ester realises it is time to make a stand.

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