• Fragment uitSami Blood
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From age 12 and up Discrimination Offensive use of language
Amanda Kernell, 2016 110 minutes Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Julius Fleischanderl, Olle Sarri Sweden, Norway, Denmark Swedish, Saami 11 May 2017 Dutch

In 1930s Sweden, Elle-Marja and her sister Njenna are taken from their indigenous reindeer-breeding family and sent to a Sámi-only boarding school where they are subjected to locals’ taunts and the indignities of race-based physical examinations.

While Njenna clings to her cultural traditions, Elle-Marja urges her to speak Swedish and try harder to assimilate. As she realizes how deeply she is judged as inferior, the bright, curious Elle-Marja feels driven to reject her Sámi heritage and stake out a future of her own.

In her feature debut, Kernell depicts a little-known piece of Swedish history with tenderness, melancholy, and intimacy. Young actress Lene Cecilia Sparrok heartbreakingly embodies the quiet devastation that fuels Elle-Marja's steely determination to forge a different path after being confronted with her own otherness.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM IS IN SWEDISH AND SAAMI, WITH DUTCH SUBTITLES.

Variety - 'Swedish helmer Amanda Kernell makes a stirring debut with a coming-of-age tale that pointedly addresses a bygone era of Scandi colonialism.'