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Travelling Film Festival Newcastle
22-24 June

Sami Blood (2016 Sweden)

July 1, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Amanda Kernell
Starring: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi
Genre: Drama
Duration: 110 mins

A moving coming-of-age tale set against the scarring social prejudices of the 1930s, the debut feature from Swedish-Sami writer-director Amanda Kernell blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly rarely depicted cultural context: Sweden’s colonial oppression of the indigenous Sami folk. Following strong-willed teenager Elle Marja, a reindeer-breeding S├ími girl, as she is forced to choose between remaining with her people or pursuing the education and opportunities otherwise denied her, this stirring unsentimental tale is no museum piece.