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Indigenous Perspectives: An examination of how the post-colonial state affects Sámi filmmaking in Sweden

  • Amalia Pålsson
Publishing year: 2019
Language: English
Document type: Student publication for Bachelor's degree


When Sámi Blood (dir. Amanda Kernell) came out in 2017, a debate in media in Sweden was born. This was a debate the on silenced oppression and phrenological research faced by the indigenous Sámi people. This oppression from the Swedish state has been ongoing for centuries, and these issues were discussed in Sámi Blood, especially commenting eugenics and what this oppression did to the individual. Amanda Kernell is herself of Sámi descent, and this thesis examines how this insider perspective affects Sámi self-representation in the post-colonial state. This trough examinations of the Sámi norm and iconography, the position of language and the criticism of the Swedish state.


  • Cultural Sciences
  • indigenous cinema
  • colonialism
  • iconography
  • self-representation
  • stereotype
  • perspective


  • Olof Hedling (Dr.)