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The Exile’s Song documentary

November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


As a highlight of this year of Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence, Finnish American Cultural Activities (FACA) are excited to announce an exclusive showing of the documentary film “The Exile’s Song” by Finnish film-maker Marja Lampi. FACA is partnering with the Minneapolis-Kuopio Sister City organization for this showing. “The Exile’s Song” was shown for the first time this summer for Finnish descendants in Ottawa, Canada. Nov 17th will be the debut public showing in the US.

The primary story in the film is about Aaro Jalkanen, who had to leave Finland in 1914 due to his active strivings for independence.  He lived in exile in Fitchburg Massachusetts when he wrote the song Kallavesj, without knowing if he could ever return home to Finland.  Marja Lampi interviewed Jalkanen´s grandchildren, who told about the colorful life of their grandfather, who was a lawyer, a writer, a linguist, and a diplomat in New York and Duluth.

In this 51 minute film, the story-tellers share deep love of the beautiful Lake Kallavesi and surrounding areas of Kuopio Finland.  The four other stories open up to us the world Jalkenen missed while he was far away from home.  They include a fishing episode, one of the most disastrous inland water accidents in Finland, the painting of the dramatic illustration by the lake for Kalevala, Forging of the Sampo, by famous Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela, and a New York born American missing her childhood with her grandparents in Kuopio by the Kallavesi Lake.

The movie provides a window into understanding the Finland of the past 100 years, and a wonderful opportunity to see Kuopio, Kalavesi, and Koli Finland.

There are English subtitles.  The public is also invited to attend at no cost.

Coffee time/kahvi aika and discussion to follow.



November 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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FACA – Finnish American Cultural Activities
(651) 429-3319


International Institute of MN
1694 Como Ave
St. Paul, MN United States
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