Label Europa Cinemas
Venice Film Festival
Fedeora Award ~ Best Director of a Debut Film (Venice Days)
Venice Film Festival
Swedish helmer Amanda Kernell makes a stirring debut with a coming-of-age tale that pointedly addresses a bygone era of Scandi colonialism.
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Sami Blood

Fourteen-year-old Elle Marja (talented newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok) is a reindeer-herding Sámi girl growing up in the 1930s. Exposed to the era’s racial biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life - but to achieve it, she will have to break all ties with her family and culture.

“A moving, classically rendered coming-of-age tale set against the scarring social prejudices of the 1930s, this handsome debut feature from Swedish- Sámi writer-director Amanda Kernell robustly blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly specific, rarely depicted cultural context.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 6.30.17 - 7.06.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 110 min
Language: Saami, Swedish

Director: Amanda Kernell
Cast: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Mia Erika Sparrok

  • Winner, Label Europa Cinemas, Venice Film Festival
  • Winner, Fedeora Award ~ Best Director of a Debut Film (Venice Days), Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Amanda Kernell’s scrupulously shaped coming-of-rage drama opens with Christina (Maj-Doris Rimpi), an elderly woman wearing sparkling pearls and a pitiless countenance, turning bitterly obstinate when taken back to the Lapland of her birth for her sister’s funeral. She&rsq...