Katja Gauriloff

In this retrospective, I wish to present two documentaries close to my heart that I have directed: Canned Dreams (2012) and Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest (2016). On the surface, the films seem different in terms of subject matter and execution, but both stem from a matter that carries personal significance: observing the world from the North, especially from the Sámi point of view. In Canned Dreams, I study globalisation and work, focusing on one mass produced food product, whereas in Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest, I take on a very personal topic, the history of the Skolt Sámi via the life of my great-grandmother and her storytelling. In my works, I aim to take a stand on social subjects through a complex and timeless narrative. Thematically, the films deal with hopes, dreams and friendships; things that unite us, whatever our background may be. In masterclass, I talk about my path and my 15-year career as a filmmaker, and I discuss why telling one’s story is so important, as a woman and especially as a Sámi.

Katja Gauriloff

  • WIFT Women in Film & Television Finland
  • Womarts