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Sami Blood (2016)

Sameblod (original title)
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A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.


Amanda Kernell


Amanda Kernell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj-Doris Rimpi Maj-Doris Rimpi ... Elle Marja / Christina (as Maj Doris Rimpi)
Olle Sarri ... Olle
Ánne Biret Somby Ánne Biret Somby ... Sanna
Bo Lundmark Bo Lundmark ... Prästen
Jörgen Stenberg Jörgen Stenberg ... Man som jojkar i kyrkan
Jonar Thomasson Jonar Thomasson ... Jon-Olov
Anna Sööfe Bull Kuhmunen Anna Sööfe Bull Kuhmunen ... Anna-Stina
Lene Cecilia Sparrok Lene Cecilia Sparrok ... Elle Marja / Christina
Mia Erika Sparrok Mia Erika Sparrok ... Njenna
Katarina Blind Katarina Blind ... Mamma Anna
Lillie Sparrok Lillie Sparrok ... Aahkka
Tom Kappfjell Tom Kappfjell ... Aajja
Dennis Winka Dennis Winka ... Kille i byn
Ulf Olofsson Ulf Olofsson ... Kille i byn
Felix Israelsson Felix Israelsson ... Kille i byn


In 1930s Lapland, the 14-year-old indigenous Sámi girl, Elle Marja, leaves the wild ancestral grounds and the family's reindeer camp to attend a remote draconian boarding school along with her younger sister, Njenna. However--as the bright rural student pursues a denied education and an opportunity, desirous of integrating herself into the modern Swedish society--a painful visit by a team of anthropologists paired by a traumatic experience will be the harsh reminders of an ever-present brutal prejudice and a deep-seated racism. Uppsala promises a bright future in the bustling metropolis, but to pass as a regular Swedish teenager, Elle Marja will have to make a greater sacrifice than just changing her name. But, can an outcast sever ties and renounce his proud lineage so easily? Written by Nick Riganas

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Viking Almquist auditioned for the part of Niklas. See more »


Elle Marja: [to Njenna] Don't yoik at school...
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References Lappblod (1948) See more »


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the second best Swedish film I have ever watched
19 October 2017 | by gongwenyiSee all my reviews

My Swedish teacher highly recommended me this Swedish film and I had always wanted to watched it. It was played during the Vancouver International Film Festival but I just missed it. Finally, I had an opportunity to watch it. The story of Scandinavian indigenous people in this film reminds of the Salish people in Canada. The indigenous people faced huge invasion in culture, education, territory, etc. They were regarded inferior. Especially young indigenous faced self- identity crisis. They were starting to lose themselves in this modern world. Fortunately, governments start to launch cultural project to rescue indigenous culture. But it is far from enough. Films on this topic are a good ways to let the public know about indigenous culture, language, history and stories.

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Swedish | Saami

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