Sami Blood

Sami Blood

A spectacularily acted story about dealing with racism as an indigenous teenager

7.6

Movie

Denmark, Norway
Saami, Swedish
Drama
2017
AMANDA KERNELL
Ánne Biret Somby, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Olle Sarri

The take

This coming-of-age story starts in the present time, where Elle Marja, now a grandmother, reluctantly goes to her sister's funeral held by her old indigenous Sámi community in Northern Sweden. Understanding her reluctance requires going back to when Elle Marja was 14 and was preparing to go to boarding school with her little sister. These schools were racist establishments meant to integrate the Sámi children into Swedish culture and language, while at the same time limiting their prospects of seeking further education. Elle Marja and her sister chose to respond to this discrimination in two completely different ways that this movie explores without judgment. The central performance of the young girl is incredible.

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