Ellen-Astri Lundby (b. 1959) has worked with film and TV since 1989. She is known for making humorous and crafty short films and documentaries. Her films usually have a light touch, despite often dealing with serious topics such as colonialism and intercultural meetings.
For the last decade, Lundby has explored her own family legacy in northern Norway through the acclaimed documentaries Suddenly Sàmi (Min mors hemmelighet, 2009) and Yoik Fever (Joikefeber, 2013). Both films deal with the harsh assimilation of the indigenous Sàmi people in Norway, but also about the positive reclaiming of the culture among new generations. With the feature documentary Burning Memories (Brennende minner, 2018) Lundby ties Norway’s WWII history of the forced evacuation of the entire population of northern Norway to the ongoing refugee crises of the world today.
Lundby has also worked as a freelance reporter for newspapers and specialized journals.