Elle Marja is a 14-year-old indigenous Sámi girl living in the north of Sweden. She and her sister attend a boarding school where they are exposed to biology examinations as well as taunting by the local boys for their inferior ethnicity. To escape all this, Elle Marja travels to Uppsala where she assumes the identity of an average Swedish girl. She soon learns, however, the cost of leaving her family and culture behind.
Examining a rarely-considered chapter of Scandinavian colonialism through the eyes of a strong young woman, Sámi Blood is weighted in its naturalism, both in astonishing performances from its unprofessional actresses and its treatment of the subtle forms of racism that pervade systems of indigenous oppression. Amanda Kernell's first feature film premiered at Venice's Giornate degli Autori, where it won the LUX Prize and Best First Film; Tokyo, where it won Best Actress and the Special Jury Prize; Newport Beach, where it won the Audience Award; Santa Fe, where it won Best Narrative Feature; Seattle, where it won Best Actress and the Grand Jury Prize; and Göteborg, where it won Best Nordic Film and Best Cinematography.