Award-winning Sapmi Novel to Netflix

A novel by Swedish writer Ann-Helen Laestadius about a woman’s struggle to defend her Indigenous heritage in Sapmi will be getting the full Netflix treatment, reports Eye on the Arctic. The novel, Stolen, takes place in Arctic and follows the story of a young Sami girl named Elsa as she navigates a world of violence and bigotry towards her culture.

In a news release put out by Netflix, Laestadius said it was an important moment to have Sami culture in the spotlight. Stolen was originally published in Sweden in 2021 and won the country’s Book of the Year also in 2021. The book has since been sold to more than 20 countries, including Canada.

Filming for Stolen will take place in Sapmi starting in spring 2023 and is slated for global release in 2024.