SAMI BLOOD

By Amanda KERNELL

SVT - SVERIGES TELEVISION - as FIN

Drama - Completed 2016


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Sundance Film Festival 2017
Spotlight
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • SWEDEN
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Amanda KERNELL
    • EIDR 10.5240/8487-9DEB-57EC-17FB-610B-4
    • Synopsis
    • In 1930s Sweden, Elle-Marja and her sister Njenna are taken from their indigenous reindeer-breeding family and sent to a Sámi-only boarding school where they are subjected to locals’ taunts and the indignities of race-based physical examinations. While Njenna clings to her cultural traditions, Elle-Marja urges her to speak Swedish and try harder to assimilate. As she realizes how deeply she is judged as inferior, the bright, curious Elle-Marja feels driven to reject her Sámi heritage and stake out a future of her own.

      In her feature debut, Kernell depicts a little-known piece of Swedish history with tenderness, melancholy, and intimacy. Young actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok heartbreakingly embodies the quiet devastation that fuels Elle-Marja’s steely determination to forge a different path after being confronted with her own otherness.
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