Lene Cecilia Sparrok and Mia Sparrok, the main actresses of Amanda Kernell’s "Sámi Blood", received the 2017 LUX Prize for this touching tale of a young Sámi girl who dreams of a different life. While describing the harsh history of the Sámi people, the film is not just about Sami but also about being young“, they told in an interview.
The winner is... Sámi Blood. It makes me very proud that this prize has come so far. And that Sámi history is brought into the spotlight. I want to continue my studies. In Uppsala. You don't have the same skills as the Swedish children. You all have to stay here or you will die out. And if I don't want to be here? The movie is about two sisters, Elle Marja and Njenna. And this is my real little sister. Nobody wants us. The period in the film is the 30's, when racism and repression in society was very strong. My character, Ella Marja decides to leave the Sámi community to become a teacher. I was so tired of the fact that no one knew anything about Sámi history. That was one of the reasons why I chose to be a part of this movie, and the fact that this is the first movie in the South Sámi language. - Take back what you said! - Did I say anything? No. Take back what you just said. You're as much of a Lapp as I am! The world must know how they treated us, the Sámi people. What hurts a lot is that it really took place. The film was actually rather mild. The reality was more extreme. The Sámi were forced to be photographed naked, Take off your clothes now. to be measured, and judged as a lower race. But the film is also about what it is like to be a young woman and finding your own identity. So it is not just about being Sámi but also about being young.