Human Zoo (2019)
From the beginning of the 19th century until well into the 20th century, tribes and indigenous peoples, including the Sami, got sent on tours in Europe and the United States. In traditional clothing, with the tipi and reindeer, they were exhibited in zoos for curious inquisitors. In Human Zoo, we follow a Sami family's journey from open plains to enclosed areas, which are getting increasingly narrower and narrowerr. The relationship between mother and father is bad. Grandma has started coughing a lot. The son is tormented by the spectators. And the daughter is asking the questions the parents have difficulty answering. The narrower the room outside, the clearer the conflicts between family members become.
The Sami National Theater Beaivvas is putting up Human Zoo in 2019, the premiere taking place at the National Theater in Oslo on the 4th of October.
THE ELDER WOMAN
These are new times.
New borders, other grazing land.
An era of curiosity.
Those were different times.
It wouldn’t have happened today.
I still remember when he knocked on the door.
And what is it that he’s saying?
That people are curious.
They want to see how we are living up in the north.
We’re living like everybody else, surely.
But they want to have a look.
It’s not the first time.
He’s done it before.
We’re like everybody else, I’m sure.
Tell him to knock on another door.
Tell him to go away.
I said yes.