On the surface Hannava is a search for belonging through the story about my Sami great grandmother, Hannava. The film is shaped as a personal and common rite de passage, and the story is based on a simple narrative consisting of own and borrowed material. In Hannava I test a documentary form, and at the same time I use traditional film knacks to appeal to the feelings.
I wanted to examine an identity far from my own, in culture, geography and in time. I have neither personal connection to the northern part of Norway, nor a Sami great grandmother. To me the film was a wish to try another identity. The fictitious Hannava became synonym to a belonging on different layers, related to origin, ethnographic authenticity, and a search for nature and a strangeness to the same.