Meikeminne ClinckspoorBelgium / Sweden / Netherlands77 minutes2017Ages 9- 12Grades 4- 7ColourDutch Swedish SamiInternational Premiere
Reluctantly staying with his mother’s new family among the reindeer-herding Sami people in rural northern Sweden, 12-year-old Niilas accidentally allows one of the reindeer to escape, and sets out on an adventure-filled search to return the missing animal to the herd.
Intro and Q&A with director, Meikeminne Clinckspoor on April 18, 20 and 22
Against his will, Niilas must spend his summer vacation with his mother and her new family in rural northern Sweden, where they live among the indigenous Sami people as reindeer herders. Having spent most of his 12 years with his father in Belgium, Niilas barely knows his mother and has yet to meet his stepfather and new siblings. Uncomfortable around the reindeer and his family, Niilas retreats inwards. His negligence following an argument with his half-brother causes a reindeer to go missing. Feeling responsible for the animal’s safety — and for causing his family distress — he takes on the search. With some quick thinking and help from his siblings, Niilas is soon experiencing the most adventurous summer of his life.
Set in the enchanting countryside of Lappland, this film explores the delicate balance that can be achieved between humans, animals, and the environment when proper respect and care are taken.
Content Advisory: one instance of slapping and shoving
Meikeminne Clinckspoor is a Belgian filmmaker. She obtained a Master's in Audiovisual Art from the KASK Conservatorium in Ghent. Her shorts include The Wishing Tree (09), Usually Unusual (12), and KI (15). Cloudboy (17) is her first feature.