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Boiling Point

16 September 2017 | 5:45pm - 8:15pm

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Boiling Point

Director: Elina Hirvonen | Countries of production: Finland | Year: 2016 | Length: 90 min
Language: Finnish with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

This smart, engaging documentary delves deep into the polarisation of public and political discourse, to ask if dialogue is still possible.

Anti-immigration rallies, counter-demonstrations, accusations of faking information…tempers have been flaring up in Finland. In a trend that echoes far beyond the country’s borders, this rising sense of embattled antagonism has been fanned by disenfranchisement and distrust of the media, the government and the EU – making it harder for all sides to be heard.

After a petrol bomb was thrown at a refugee centre in a small Finnish town, filmmaker Elina Hirvonen felt compelled to understand her country better. The result is this remarkably non-partisan snapshot of contemporary Europe, which features a wide range of deeply-held convictions and begs for better conversations – both on and off-screen.


Beyond the Screen

Hate for Sale (Anna Eijsbouts, The Netherlands, 2017, 2:43min)

Join us after the film as we consider our own relationship to the migration debate – and how it relates to wider behaviours, beliefs and opportunities in our society – with guests Ewan Aitken (Chief Executive, Cyrenians) and Victoria Lanata Briones (Community Engagement Coordinator, The Welcoming).

With special thanks to filmmaker Elina Hirvonen and the Finnish Film Foundation.

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