Let the River Flow



In the late 1970s, Ester begins teaching at an elementary school concealing her Sami heritage and gets caught up in protests surrounding the damming of the Alta River in northern Norway.

A story of ethnic assimilation and prejudice, "Let the River Flow" tells of entrenched societal discrimination against an ethnic minority. The plot is thoughtfully constructed around one young woman's experience, and it's all the more relatable for being made personal. There's an emotional depth to the movie reaching from the screen to touch audiences, much like the current of a powerful river. Survivors need not necessarily outwit or outplay to outlast.

Anne Murphy

Scandinavian Film Festival
Palace Films 124 mins

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