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"Letters to Father Jacob" is April 8 Nordic Film

Letters To Father JacobHANCOCK, MI - The Finnish film "Letters to Father Jacob" is the April selection of the Finlandia University Nordic Film Series. The film will be shown Thursday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the university's Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.

Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille) is a redemptive story of a blind, elderly pastor and a hardened life sentence prisoner who has just been pardoned.

When Lelia is released from prison, she is offered a job at a secluded parsonage, which she unwillingly accepts. Each day the mailman brings letters from people asking Father Jacob for help. Leila's job is to read aloud the letters and answer them as the pastor dictates.

Answering the letters is Father Jacob's life mission, while Leila thinks it's pointless.

When the letters suddenly stop coming, Jacob's life is shaken to its foundation. As Leila rouses Jacob from his despair, their roles are reversed and unexpectedly intertwined.

Letters to Father Jacob is directed by Klaus Härö, who also directed the films "Mother of Mine" and "Elina," previous Nordic Film Series selections.

The film is in the Finnish language with English language sub-titles. The film is 72 minutes.

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

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