In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World.
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The film was released to cinemas in Sweden on 8 March 1971 and opened in New York City on 24 September 1972, distributed by Warner Bros. The U.S. version of the film was cut from 190 to 150 minutes. See more
Black slaves are shown chained to the Lake Erie steamboat leaving Buffalo, New York, circa 1850. Slavery had been abolished in the State of New York since 1827. See more
I think I sell myself as a slave when I'm in America.
Its forbidden for whites to get sold as slaves.
Forbidden? But, you were just saying that America's a free country?
Ya. But, still that is forbidden, I'm afraid, for whites, that is.
The USA television version, retitled "The Emigrant Saga", consists of this film plus its sequel, The New Land
, joined and re-edited together in chronological order and dubbed in English. See more
Referenced in At the Movies: The Seventies