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Film Screening and Panel: The Other Side of Hope
February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) is a 2017 Finnish comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Aki Kaurismäki. The story is about a Finnish businessman who meets a Syrian asylum-seeker looking for his missing sister. From the Guardian review:
“The issue of migrants and refugees from the Middle East may still be something from which cinema mostly averts its gaze. Not Kaurismäki’s cinema. With his previous film Le Havre, and this very sympathetic and charming new work, The Other Side of Hope, Kaurismäki has made refugees his focus – and done so without appearing to change style or tonal tack. His humane comedy, with its air of unworldly absurdity, has absorbed this idea, but not undermined its seriousness in any way, in fact embraced it with almost miraculous ease and simplicity.”
Following the film will be a panel including four UNC instructors who research migration and diversity in Europe: