by Alessia Premi (5H Scientifico)

Sami Blood is the film that won the Lux prize in 2017, presented at the Venice Film Festival in September as revolutionary film, directed by Amanda Kernell.

It talks about Sami people’s situation in Sweden in 1930, when Sami were treated as circus animals, considered inferior in comparison with other Swedish people. It was a racial system, which descrimined Sami people, who lived in Lappland, in the North of Sweden, and were nomad, so they lived in tents and raised reindeer to survive. Sami children had to go to a special school reserved for them and couldn’t study and live as other children and people if they wanted to. In this way they were obliged to follow their parents’ lives. In addition they were studied as particular species and Swedish people measured their bones and took photos of them.

Sami Blood is the story of one of them, Elle-Marja, interpreted by Lene Cecilia Sparrok, a Sami who wants to escape from that world which descriminates her. She wants to become a teacher and continue the studies, but in that society she couldn’t, as Swedish thought Sami were not as intelligent as them. However she tries more and more times to escape and at the end she succeded in it. If she hadn’t been as stubborn as she had been, she wouldn’t have been successful.

The film is structured in a flashback, because it starts with Elle-Marja who comes back to her family because of her sister’s funeral. It is shown how Elle-Marja refuses to be part of that society and how much she hates her origins. At this point the flashback starts, showing Elle-Marja as a child and narrating how she escaped from Sami people.

The protagonist, Elle-Marja, is an important element of the film. Even if she was not an actress, she succeded in showing off her emotions and her sensitivity, but also her strenght to fight against a social system which escludes her. At the beginning she seems to be violent, but actually she only wants to “defeat” Sami people and herself. She is rebellious and she cannot accept her inferior condition.

At the end, I think this film is very interesting because it talks about a society which for most of us was unknown. In addition we can see as the “human being” think in the same way in different parts of the world. The fact we can find racial descriminations in a lot of societies, for example in Germany during the second World War, or in USA expecially in the second part of XX century.
In some ways it could be an actual topic because it suddenly reflects the way of thinking of some rude and ignorant people. In fact nowadays there are some minorities which are hated by the most.