Slow Growth

Slow Growth

Nivi Pederson, Pilluarneq Ersigiunnaarpara​ (Happiness Scares Me No More), 2020.

let’s all be lichen

FlahertyNYC presents
Slow Growth
Films by Sunna Nousuniemi and Nivi Pederson

Admission starts at $5

October 18, 2022, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, October 18 at 7pm for Slow Growth, the third program of the five-part series let’s all be lichen presented by FlahertyNYC and programmed by asinnajaq.


Screening followed by a cake and tea reception. Discussion moderated by Sarah Ema Friedland​.

A pair of films highlighting going patiently through all the feelings while experiencing the lifelong journey of experiencing sexualized violence. Dealing with court proceedings, and ways to move through the personal feelings.​

*** These films touch on sexual violence. We are committed to providing as safe space for all. We are grateful to the DOVE (Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies) program at the New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital for providing professional support on site for anyone in need. ***

Sunna Nousuniemi, Boso Mu Ruovttoluotta​ (Breathe Me Back to Life)
2021, 24 minutes

Boso Mu Ruovttoluotta is a film about the survival struggle of the film’s director and protagonist Sunna, after being the victim of sexual violence. The film follows Sunna’s journey towards the moment when she can finally try to move on with her life. The recovery is also supported by a crafting project that has roots in the Sámi culture, closely connected to the collective effort of the Sámi people to restore their spiritual heritage.

Nivi Pederson, Pilluarneq Ersigiunnaarpara​ (Happiness Scares Me No More)
2020, 70 minutes

Two protagonists who have experienced sexual abuse as children grapple with the long term effects of their past. Gukki Nuka (53), an artist, is now going back to his hometown Uummannaq, where his abuse took place. Kornelia (24) has broken the vicious circle, but is still struggling with anxiety today, and fighting to build a life with the freedom she wanted as a child: freedom to dream and freedom to fight for a secure life. Through interviews with four mobile-task-force psychologists, the situations and struggles of Gukki Nuka and Kornelia as well as the theme of sexual abuse more broadly are put into a more comprehensible and tangible context.

Total running time: 94 minutes

let’s all be lichen is an Inukjuamiut’s response to 100 years of our namesake’s seminal film. Featuring the works of largely circumpolar (Inuk, Sámi, Evenk and Sakha) filmmakers, the series weaves together works by artists who have harnessed their own power and distinct voice through the moving image. The series shimmers with personal histories, the spiritual anthropocene, questions of agency, memory, and urbanization, as well as a fierce and love-filled reclaiming of the arctic imaginary. Read more on the series here.

About The Flaherty and FlahertyNYC
The Flaherty’s mission is to bring Socratic dialogue to the moving image, fostering collective inquiry, exchange, and introspection. Propelled by a desire to upend entrenched norms and unequal power dynamics, The Flaherty champions new models of nonfiction filmmaking, curating, and theorizing. The Flaherty cultivates an ever-expanding community of filmmakers, scholars, curators, and cinephiles around a shared belief in the transformative, world-building power of independent non-fiction cinema.
Since 2008, The Flaherty’s year-round programming has included FlahertyNYC (FNYC), an established film screening and discussion series held each spring and fall in New York City.  The series uses film to challenge the way we see the world and to foster critical dialogue about politics, art, and the moving image. FNYC is an opportunity for emerging curators to work with established mentors and engage with The Flaherty’s unique interactive programming model, exhibiting rarely seen films. The format seeks to break down traditional barriers between creators, scholars, critics, and the general public, fostering an expanded community around the creative process and facilitating in-depth discussions between some of the world’s finest filmmakers and diverse New York audiences.

–Two flights of stairs lead up to the building’s front entrance at 172 Classon Avenue.        
–For elevator access, please RSVP to The building has a freight elevator which leads into the e-flux office space. Entrance to the elevator is nearest to 180 Classon Ave (a garage door). We have a ramp for the steps within the space.       
–e-flux has an ADA-compliant bathroom. There are no steps between the event space and this bathroom.

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Sunna Nousuniemi - Niillasaš Jovnna Máreha Juhani Sunná Máret (b. 1993) is a Sámi artist, curator, storyteller, and DJ from Anár, Sápmi. With her work, Nousuniemi pursues intergenerational communal healing by exploring and artistically expressing the dimensions of her heritage using film, discussion, and music as her tools.

Nivi Pedersen (b.1989) is a Greenlandic filmmaker based in Nuuk, Greenland. Wanting to portray different aspects of Greenland and Greenlandic culture to both a national and an international audience, she started Nivaara Films in 2017. Her
filmography includes documentary and fiction directing as well as acting.

asinnajaq is from Inukjuak, Nunavik and lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Her work includes filmmaking, writing, and curating. She co-created Tilliraniit, a three-day festival celebrating Inuit art and artists. asinnajaq’s work has been exhibited at art galleries and film festivals around the world. asinnajaq wrote and directed Three Thousand (2017) a short sci-fi documentary. She co-curated Isuma’s presence in the Canadian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. She co-curated the inaugural exhibition INUA at the Qaumajuq. In 2020 asinnajaq received a Sobey Art Award.

Sarah Ema Friedland is an NYC-based film and media artist and educator. Operating on a firm belief that reality has been messed with since people started telling stories and writing histories, her work is rooted in non-fiction but often uses the vocabularies of speculative fiction and fantasy to tweak and re-imagine reality. Friedland is a member of the Meerkat Media Collective and the Director of the MDOCS Storyteller’s Institute at Skidmore College where she is also a Teaching Professor in the MDOCS Program.

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