Tuesday this week was the day when MOVE festival started. I signed up for the volunteer work a few weeks before the festival, when I learned from my friends that there is such a need actually. I’ve seen the posters at the university and they did actually catch my eye, but I wouldn’t expect to be able to become a volunteer. I thought it would be a great chance to meet some Swedish people, and obviously participate in a cultural event.
In fact, I did meet some new Swedish people, and the festival also gave me a great opportunity to challenge my own abilities. My work is to simply check tickets and shortly introduce movies before they start. This was I get to see at least 4 (obligatory amount) movies. In return I get a free festival pass, and I can see whichever movie I want, if I have time for it, a t-shirt and free sandwiches at the “festival staff” area. The festival pass for regular visitors is 300 kr. Definitely, it pays off to work here, even if not for money. I feel like the list of what I get in return is so great in addition to seeing the movies I host and therefore must see.
Today I was hosting two movie blocks of Dellie Maa “festival”. There are total of three blocks, all about Sami people (and possibly others who live in the very north). The last block tomorrow consists of 3 movies, and none of them has been made in Scandinavia, so I dare to question the Sami-focus in that block, but we will see, maybe I’m wrong.
The first block today consisted of 5 movies, 3 of which were documentaries or alike. And they were really amazing. The reindeers, and the Sami culture, it was all so amazing and involving (maybe except for the scenes of killing and slaughtering reindeers). That’s the truly “exotic” culture to me, and one of the very few that I would like to get to know more about. One of the documentaries concerned also other cultures – in Mexico and somewhere else in South America probably. They were definitely exotic as well, and probably even more in the word’s common meaning, but I wasn’t interested in the slightest. (They don’t have reindeers! – the only way to get me interested, haha). That’s probably because the Sami culture was the most unique from all those, and is also least known. The other ones looked like many other “poverty but not borderline poverty” documentaries.
There was also Sami people who came to introduce the films today, and they came in their traditional clothes. I wish I have stopped to take a picture with them afterwards, since I realized they are probably not gonna show up tomorrow. I do have a pictures with the Sami from Norway from a few years ago, but it would be still nice to have a pictures with the young ones who came to the festival today, and also the picture of me with the “festival uniform” t-shirt.
Since the festival started on Tuesday, every evening from Wednesday I spent there, watching various movies (not always interesting) and working. I should work on my studies as well. But after last week I need a bit of a break. And also, I really want to participate in the festival as much as I can!
I feel like I got to host the best part of the festival. And I haven’t even chosen it myself, and I was not aware. Lucky me!
I also decided to take the introduction of the movies in Swedish. I was prepared for today, but the Sami did the introduction this time. I might get my chance tomorrow, if they won’t come (which I don’t know). On the other hand, I “challenged” myself to speak a bit more Swedish to the visitors, and thankfully I could understand them enough to reply. I think I’m starting to feel a bit more courageous with speaking Swedish now. And I do think that the conversation class I’m attending helped me after all. I still cannot say a lot, but I also can say probably more than I expected, even if not fully correct. But it feels so great to be able to say something in a sort of less typical situation.