Sami Blood wins LUX Prize

From the LUX Prize web page:
The European Parliament unveiled the winner of the 2017 LUX Prize at noon today in Strasbourg. Amanda Kernell's Sámi Blood, a touching and delicate tale of a young Sámi girl who dreams of a different life, has triumphed over its competitors BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo and Western by Valeska Grisebach.

Sámi actresses and sisters Lene Cecilia Sparrok and Mia Sparrok, who play the lead roles in Kernell's film, collected the prize, after which they delivered a statement about their people.
"We are still here; we still exist. Every day, our people see the effects of colonial and racist thinking, as well as climate change. A huge wind farm is going to be built in Norway, in the southern Sámi area, which is going to affect us profoundly. The UN claims our language is almost extinct. Receiving this award feels like retribution for the older generations of Sámi people who have been treated as lesser citizens – and we hope the European Union brings an end to this so that we can all stop thinking in terms of 'us' and 'them'."

Print