Reindeer Island – film

Reiulf Aleksandersen is an ethnic Norwegian. He has dreamt of owning reindeer ever since he was a little boy. A once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself when a Sami woman retires and offers Reiulf her siida unit, a permission to own a reindeer herd, on the island Kvaløya. But according to Norwegian law only persons of Sami* descent may head a siida unit. Therefore Reiulf’s wife, Risten, who is a born Sami, must become the formal head of their siida unit if her husband is to turn his lifelong dream into reality. There’s another siida unit on Kvaløya, headed by Sami reindeer herder Per Lars Kitti. He is strongly opposed to the newcomers establishing themselves on the island. He takes his case to court in order to stop them. 

* The Sami are the indigenous people of the Nordic countries.


Tromsø International Film Festival, in competition, Tromsø 2019
HUMAN International Film Festival, in competition, Oslo 2019


Original title: Reindrømmen

Director: Fridtjof Kjaereng
Fridtjof Kjaereng, Benedikte Bredesen, f(x) productions 2018
Geir Sundstoel
Anders Teigen and Fridtjof Kjaereng
Sound design and mix: Haakon Lammetun
52/58 min TV international version

Premiere SVT November 2019.