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1 hrs, 49 mins
Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj Doris Rimpi, Julius Flesichandrl, Hanna Ahlström
Amanda Kernell

TICKETS / New York City / Sunshine Cinema

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What happens if you are cut off from all ties to your culture and history? Can you change your life and really become someone else? In the emotionally-charged Sami Blood, primarily set in the 1930s, 14-year-old Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok), a reindeer-breeding girl from the Sami (Lapp) community in northern Sweden, is forcibly sent to a boarding school by the state in order to learn the Swedish language and culture. Taken from the untamed wilderness to an urban world, trying to fit in, she is exposed to racism and humiliating race biology examinations. Despite the prejudice of many, the compassion of a few shines through, offering Elle a sense of hope in her otherwise bleak world as she strives to fulfill her dream of a better life. Writer/director Amanda Kernell, making her feature debut, lifts the lid on the dark side of Swedish colonial history in this vibrant and moving drama. (Fully subtitled)