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Original title: VALONTUOJAT

Documentary | 2017 | Col & B/W | 1h 9m


"The story of a Baltic German refugee who became the father of light to Lapland." Filmmaker Antti Haase takes us on a personal journey, learning about his fathers’ legacy. Baltic German refugee Gunnar Haase arrived in Finnish Lapland in 1945 to repair the destruction left by his compatriots after World War II. Antti’s father Hannu continued grandfather Gunnar’s mission to bring electricity to Lapland - the powerlines finally reaching the very last Lapland home on the 23th July,1987. Rural electrification was an enormous undertaking; it brought modern life and equality to people still living in the harsh nature. And while the undertaking took a heavy toll, it also illuminated the way forward. THE ILLUMINATORS is an inspiring story about courage and social progress as well as sons following in their father’s footsteps.

Director: Haase Antti
Type: Documentary
Year of completion: 2017
Country of origin: Finland
Production: ILLUME


1st Festival Award

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