Sweden inthe 1930s. With her parents and her little sister, 14-year old Sámi girl Elle Marjalives from rearing reindeer. In the course of a state-run “cultivationprogramme” designed to teach the most Northerly ethnic minorities theSwedish language and culture, Elle Marja is put in a boarding school a long wayfrom home. Here, the girl is schooled and fostered – and has to undergorace-based examinations. She begins to increasingly deny her Sámi identity, herorigins become an embarrassment to her. Against a visually breath-takingbackdrop and fantastic sound design, the drama illuminates a hitherto little-knownchapter of Swedish history.
Amanda Kernell (*1986) has Sámi roots herself and studied screenplay writing in Bålsta, near Uppsala. After a series of prize-winning shorts, Sámi Blood is her debut feature.
Sweden, Norway, Denmark
OV with English subtitles
Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj Doris Rimpi, Julius Fleischandrl, Olle Sarri, Hanna Alström, Malin Crépin, Andreas Kundler
Lars G Lindström
Sophia Olsson, Petrus Sjövik
Kristian Eidnes Andersen
The Swedish Film Institute; LevelK ApS
Nordisk Film Production Sverige AB
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