Amanda Kernell | SAMI BLOOD

Amanda Kernell | SAMI BLOOD

Tune in Tuesday, May 30, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring a special guest Amanda Kernell, writer and director of SAMI BLOOD. The film follows Elle Marja, 14, a reindeer-herding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and race biology examinations at her boarding school she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at

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Many older Samis left everything behind and became Swedish and I’ve always wondered; what happens to you if you cut all ties with your culture and history? And can you really become someone else? Sami Blood is declaration of love to those who left and stayed – told from Elle Marja’s perspective. I wanted to make a film where we see the Sami society from within, a film where we experience this dark part of Swedish colonial history in a physical way. A film with yoik and blood. — Amanda Kernell