Sami Blood


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 9:55 PM
The Main 1 Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:15 AM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Midnight Sun
Women and Film
Tags:Women Directors
Historical Drama
Culture & Society
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2016
Runtime:110 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Director of Debut Film – Venice Film Festival
Label Europa Cinemas Award – Venice Film Festival
Special Jury Prize & Best Actress: Lene Cecilia Sparrok - Tokyo International Film Festival
Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film - Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Language:South Sámi
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Synergetic Distribution
Director:Amanda Kernell
Producer:Lars G Lindström
Cinematographer:Sophia Olsson
Screenwriter:Amanda Kernell
Editor:Anders Skov
Composer:Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Principal Cast:Lene Cecilia Sparrok
Mia Erika Sparrok
Maj Doris Rimpi
Julius Flesichandrl
Hanna Ahlström
Malin Crépin
Andreas Kundler
Ylva Gustafsson
Filmography:Debut Feature


Sami Blood opens theatrically starting Friday, May 26 at the Film Society's St. Anthony Main Theatre. Tickets on sale now!

A teenage girl from a traditional Sámi family yearns to be accepted by the Swedish society of the 1930s, a society full of prejudice and discrimination against her people. This striking coming-of-age drama, set against the backdrop of racism against Sámi people, traces the decision of Elle-Marja, a reindeer-herding girl from the north of Sweden, to sever ties with her Lapland heritage and abandon her family and indigenous culture to pass as Swedish.

Through Elle-Marja’s story, director Kernell reveals the systemic tragedy and harrowing history of a Nordic First People segregated and discriminated against, their children removed to special schools designed to eradicate their language and customs. Intellectually curious and ambitious Elle-Marja feels the pull of the wider world and she walks away from her isolated prison of a school. This shrewd commentary on institutionalized abuse and its consequences is also the first bona-fide feature shot by a Sámi director.

Director’s Biography

Amanda Kernell: Amanda Kernell was born in 1986 in Umeå. Her roots are in two cultures, due to her Swedish mother and Sámi father. Kernell graduated in film directing from The National Film School of Denmark. Her short films include My Summer Holiday Sister, Sharing All and I Will Always Love You Conny. Sámi Blood marks her first feature.

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