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Sameblod (2016)

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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.

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Amanda Kernell

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Amanda Kernell
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Credited cast:
Lene Cecilia Sparrok Lene Cecilia Sparrok ... Elle Marja
Mia Erika Sparrok Mia Erika Sparrok ... Njenna
Maj-Doris Rimpi Maj-Doris Rimpi ... Elle Marja / Christina
Julius Fleischanderl ... Niklas
Olle Sarri ... Olle
Hanna Alström ... Lärarinnan
Malin Crépin ... Elise
Andreas Kundler Andreas Kundler ... Gustav
Ylva Gustafsson Ylva Gustafsson ... Laevie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hanna Asp ... Ingrid
Anders Berg ... Emanuel - Vetenskapsman 1
Katarina Blind Katarina Blind ... Mamma Anna
Emilia Bostedt Emilia Bostedt ... Elsa
Beata Cavallin Beata Cavallin ... Hedda
Gabriel Holmberg ... Olof
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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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Country:

Norway | Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Saami

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen aus dem Norden See more »

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Competition Award, Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016. See more »

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

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I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
Music composed by Ferdinand 'Jelly Roll' Morton
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Provocative, uncomfortable, fantastic.
17 February 2018 | by Stefan LundellSee all my reviews

Unique little film with some truly great performances by first-time sami actors. Going from beautiful to sad to infuriating to inspiring, this one really does it all. Can't recommend it enough.


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