Sami Blood

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Sweden | 2016 | 110 minutes | Amanda Kernell

A coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden, "Sami Blood" is the prejudiced term used to describe an indigenous girl, played by poised newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who attends a state school that pressures her to break ties with her family and culture.

"A stirring debut with a coming-of-age tale that pointedly addresses a bygone era of Scandi colonialism"Guy Lodge, Variety

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Few know the history of the Sami people, a group native to Europe's northernmost region, Lapland. Those who do know it's a history marked by devastation. Sami Blood, the latest project of filmmaker Amanda Kernell, is set in 1930s Sweden and tells the story of Ella Marja, a reindeer-breeding Sami girl who attends a Swedish boarding school. Fitting into Swedish society proves more challenging than she thought, and she quickly learns that to integrate, she must break all ties with her family and culture. Ella comes to the heartbreaking realization that no matter how desperately she tries, she will never be fully accepted. Despite the prejudice of many, the compassion of a few shines through, offering Ella a sense of hope in her otherwise bleak world. The film's characters, whether they're easy to adore or entirely loathsome, are always believable. The film takes place in untamed Lapland as well as refined urban Sweden, two incredibly different yet distinctly Swedish locations. A muted color palette conveys beauty and subtlety—two very Scandinavian traits. While the region has always been at the forefront of social progressiveness, no place is immune from prejudice. Sami Blood reminds us of the pervasiveness of harmful ideas and encourages us to acknowledge and challenge them.

Director Biography

Amanda was born in 1986, graduating in film directing from The National Film School of Denmark in 2013. Since 2006, she has directed several acclaimed shorts, including "Stoerre Vaerie."

Sponsored by Sponsor-A-Film: Jean Johnson & Pete Miller, Muckleshoot Tribe

  • Original Language Title: Sameblod
  • Director: Amanda Kernell
  • Principal Cast: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Hanna Alstrom, Mia Erika Sparook, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Anders Berg, Katarina Blind, Emilia Bostedt
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Producer: Lars G. Lindström
  • Screenplay: Amanda Kernell
  • Cinematographers: Sophia Olsson, Petrus Sjovik
  • Editors: Anders Skov
  • Music: Kristian Eidnes Andersen
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Tokyo Film Festival 2016 (Special Jury Prize, Best Actress), Gotebord Film Festival 2017 (Dragon Award)
  • Language: Swedish, Saami
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Synergetic Distribution
  • International Sales: Swedish Film Institute