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

Screened as part of TOAFF17

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.

One World, Official selection
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