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Nordic Film Series – Ikitie
April 11, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
One event on April 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Several Finnish-American researchers have devoted their academic careers to the phenomenon known as “Karelian Fever.” Many families across the Copper Country and beyond have ancestors who died as a result of that dark chapter in Finnish-American history.
Thousands of Finnish-Americans and Finnish-Canadians left North America, which was stricken by the Great Depression in the 1920s and 1930s to forge a new life in far northwestern Russia. Some simply sought adventure. Others were homesick and thought that Karelia would bring them closer to Finland. Many, though, were committed political activists who were convinced that they could live out their socialist ideals of fair wages, good healthcare and free education only in the Soviet Union.
This era in Finnish-America history is the setting for the April 2019 showing of the Finnish American Heritage Center’s Nordic Film Series. The 2017 drama “Ikitie” (The Eternal Road) will show at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Heritage Center. This film, which won six Jussi Awards, including Best Picture, is the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, and is a feature that is sure to resonate with many Copper Country residents.
Learn more about the April 2019 Nordic Film Series.