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Finnish Film is Thursday, November 12

November 4, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center continues its 2009-10 Nordic Film Series Thursday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with the Finnish film, "Käsky."

"Käsky," with the English-language title of "Tears of April," is set in 1918 at the end of Finland's civil war as the victorious government-supported Whites are rounding up and killing the remaining Social Democratic Reds, including the more than 2,000 women who fought among their ranks.

Private Aaro Harjula is shocked to witness one such execution, so when he finds a survivor, a young Red platoon leader named Miina, he decides to personally escort her to a nearby military tribunal where he believes she will receive a fair trial.

As they journey together, feelings develop between the two that will cause Harjula to question his loyalty, especially when the tribunal's judge turns out to be corrupt.

As Miina's fate is taken out of his hands, Harjula realizes he'll do whatever is necessary to save her.

There is no charge to attend the film, but donations are accepted.

The Finnish American Heritage Center is at 435 Quincy St., Hancock. For information, call 906-487-7549.