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August 23, 2008


I adore the Nordic region and am very interested in the lives of the Saami people so I will try to see this film if at all possible, thank you

Having lived in Sweden with my Swedish husband, we look forward to seeing that one. Wish I could be up there at the festival but these last days of summer are wonderful here in the mountains.

Kia ora Beth,
Reads like a film to see. Those questions you pose have me deep in thought. The interplay of nature with man and government. The wolves and reindeer no doubt kept things in balance, the arrival of man added another element which forever altered that balance, no doubt to the detriment of the wolf. Legislation and government that save the wolf but wipe out a culture and way of life. Heavy stuff. And global warming looms over all. Hope this film makes it over here. Cheers.

How exciting it sounds - the festival. And many people talking movies all at once. The questions you raised are disquieting indeed. We can only wait until the answers are visited upon us.

Chariots of Fire - one of the races was shot at my school's sports field. I don't know why I'm telling as I utterly loathed and hated sports at school. Memories of playing hockey while it snowed in the dark. Changing in unheated changing rooms.

If anything by Harutyun Khachatryan is on at the festival do go and see it. Edinburgh International Festival have shown a few of his films and The Return of the Poet is a documentary (without dialogue) which I found quite compelling.


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