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Memory Peter von Bagh

The Civil War is something like a blind spot in the history of Finland. The country had hardly become independent when it was torn by a violent civil war. The birth of the republic and ...

Memory

Documentary Film
Finland
1987
118 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Peter von Bagh
The Civil War is something like a blind spot in the history of Finland. The country had hardly become independent when it was torn by a violent civil war. The birth of the republic and the circumstances surrounding it quickly became a tacit taboo. There are practically no moving images of the events themselves. Even feature films rarely tackle the subject. “Memory” lets some of the few surviving eye-witnesses of those years talk. A work of words, many of which reveal how long they have waited to be spoken and recorded for posteriority.

Olaf Möller