Competition Documentaries, Finland 2020, 73 Min., fin. OF, engl. UT
Every year, some 100 people in Finland die by violence. For their family and close friends, it can be a trauma from which they only recover slowly, if at all. One technique used to help is called restorative dialogue – the traumatised survivors meet with the imprisoned perpetrator of the crime. It may take years until they feel able to handle it, but for most, it is a healing experience. This film accompanies two people to those meetings – a mother whose daughter was killed by the younger woman’s boyfriend, and a father whose son was murdered by a friend. We also hear from a young woman who met the man who killed her brother. With the presence of a facilitator, and after extensive preparation, the meetings deal with guilt and remorse, but also hate and a desire for vengeance. Facing each other eye to eye is a crucial part of their joint mourning.
Director John Webster
Screenplay John Webster
Producer John Webster
Production Company JW Documentaries OY, Kapteeninkatu 8 F 12, 00140 Helsinki, Web: https://vimeo.com/user18637740
Festival Contact The Finnish Film Foundation, Kanavakatu 12, 00160 Helsinki, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ses.fi
Cast Ulla Salminen, Jussi Laaksonen, Niina Laaksonen, Eemi Laaksonen, Mika Suomalainen, Pirkko Köngäs, Julia Järvelin, Stiina Saarinen
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