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Nordic Film Series opens 2017 with Finnish documentary

January 4, 2017

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center with a documentary film set during the war years, but from a perspective not typically shared. The film will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 12.

Tuntematon emäntä (The Unknown Woman) is a 2011 documentary that depicts the reality of Finnish agriculture and forestry during the war years, when the home front relied entirely upon the work and endurance of the country’s women because the men in their prime were on the front.

Scripted and directed by Elina Kivihalme, the documentary won Finland’s Jussi Award for best documentary in 2012. It is one hour and 20 minutes long, and is in Finnish with English subtitles.

The showing of Tuntematon emäntä is also a Heikinpäivä 2017 event; the annual midwinter festival features a variety of cultural and enrichment programming for the entire family, with a full day of celebration on January 28. For more information about Heikinpäivä, visit pasty.com/heikki. schedule flyers will also be available at the Nordic Film screening.

The Nordic Film Series is open to the public; donations are appreciated. For more information, call (906) 487-7549.

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