Inquiring teenager Elle-Marja, the daughter of a family of reindeer herders in Lapland, dreams of escaping her nomadic existence and studying in Uppsala. But in 1930s Sweden, her people, the Sami, face ubiquitous discrimination. "Studies have shown that your people can’t get by in town…" she is told at the draconian boarding school where she has been housed with her little sister. "You have to stay here or you’ll die out."
In her award-winning feature debut Sami Blood, Amanda Kernell sketches an intimate, intelligent portrait of a girl who is determined to follow her dreams, in spite of everything. She is jeered at, abused and subjected to horrific medical examinations, but where her contemporaries cling on to their customs and traditions, Elle-Marja chooses the path that will drive her further and further from her family and her roots: total assimilation.

Original title
Sameblod
Filmmaker
Amanda Kernell
Country
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
110’
Language
Swedish
Producer
Lars G. Lindström
Production Company
Nordisk Film Production
Sales
Swedish Film Institute
Writer
Amanda Kernell
Cinematography
Sophia Olsson, Petrus Sjovik
Editor
Anders Skov
Cast
Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj Doris Rimpi, Julius Fleischanderl, Olle Sarri, Hanna Alström, Malin Crépin