LET’S NOT WAGE HATE; INSTEAD, LET’S TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT.

BOILING POINT IS A DOCUMENTARY THAT DEPICTS THE TWO SIDES OF AN ANGRY AND DIVIDED FINLAND: ASULYM SEEKERS AND AN ANTI-IMMIGRANT STREET PATROL GROUP CALLED SOLDIERS OF ODIN. DONE WITH RESPECT AND AVOIDING STEREOTYPES, BOILING POINT IS MEANT TO BE A PREFACE AND A CONVERSATION STARTER AND TO BE WATCHED TOGETHER WHEREVER PEOPLE MEET.

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“A year ago I realized that a big change had taken place in Finland. There’s xenophobia and a lot of people who feel that they haven’t gotten what politicians have promised and that they’re on the margins of society with no one listening to them.

I chose the main characters of the film so that viewers could like every one of them, even those who think differently from them. When Oula and Tapsa sit naked in the sauna despite their different views, I think they’re doing Finns a big favor.

Finland is divided, and I think we need to cleanse the atmosphere of hate. I hope my film will be a good preface to that conversation.

Elina Hirvonen, writer, journalist, film director

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ABOUT THE FILM

Elina Hirvonen

Boiling Point is a documentary directed by Elina Hirvonen and produced by Mouka Filmi. It was shot in 2016 and premiered at DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival on January 23, 2017. It will be screened on Finnish television in April.

Follow news about the film on Facebook, and send us news and any additional information on your screening to kiehumispiste@mouka.fi. Media inquiries: Riikka Kämppi, +358 40 572 9733.

The development and production of this film have been supported by the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK (The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture), Yle (The Finnish Broadcasting Company), The Church Media Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Quality Support for Film Productions granted to Mouka Filmi).

The director received a personal grant from the Kone Foundation’s Images of Harmony and Rupture project. The concept of the film was developed in the Aalto University’s Critical Cinema Lab, headed by Susanna Helke.