Film exploring racism against Sami wins big at Swedish film awards

The film “Sami Blood” was recognized for multiple honours at Sweden’s annual film awards this week. The film was directed by Amanda Kernell, pictured above at the Tokyo International Film Festival in November 2016. (Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images).
“The Nile Hilton Incident” and “Sami Blood” took home gold at this week’s Guldbagge ceremony presented by the Swedish Film Institute.

The Guldbagges, or Gold Bugs, are the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards or the BAFTAs.

“The Nile Hilton Incident” is set in Cairo, where a corrupt police officer is set to investigate the murder of a famous singer. In addition to Best Film, it also won four other Guldbagge, including one for Best Male Actor for Fares Fares in the role of the police officer.

The film that won the audience award at the ceremony, as well as the award for Best Female Actress and Best Script, was “Sami Blood”. It is set in the 1930’s Sweden, where 14-year-old Elle-Marja meets the racism and harassment of the Swedish society at a boarding school for Sami children.

The ceremony started with a rally by women against sexism and gender inequality in the film industry.

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