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The Girl Kiruna
Liselotte Wajstedt

This film is about Kiruna, the first girl born there. The city’s founder Hjalmar Lundbohm named her Kiruna and decided that the first girl of every generation in that family should bear that name. Kiruna’s life fell short, dying at 26 from cancer, only a week after her godfather Hjalmar Lundbohm. The film follows Kiruna’s granddaughter Britt-Inger Kiruna who lovingly tells the story about her grandmother.

English title The Girl Kiruna
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format HDSLR
Duration 00:10:00
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2020
Latest screening Feb 2, 2024
Oct 24, 2020
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About the artist

Liselotte Wajstedt

Based in Stockholm, Liselotte is a Sámi multimedia artist from Kiruna whose work spans film and video, collage, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and installation. Her experimental moving image body of work comprises over two dozen shorts and feature-length films. Spanning hybrid documentary, experimental media, music video, dance, and fiction films, Wajstedt mobilizes many different styles and techniques in the service of her politics and aesthetics, including animation, claymation, stop-motion, and superimposition.

Many of Wajstedt’s films engage explicitly or implicitly with multiple and hybrid subject positions, as evident in A Sami in the City (2007), Sami Daughter Joik (2008), A Soul in a City (2011), Kiruna Space Road (2013), The Lost One (2014), Kiruna the drift block, Bromsgatan, Kvarteret Ortdrivaren och The Girl Kiruna (2020). Behind her she has an education in painting and free arts; Project programme in Video art as well as animation and experimental filmmaking with special emphasis on documentary storytelling and scriptwriting; Bachelor of Arts in Expression in Convergent Media, 2010 at Gotland University.