Despite its serious subject - the refugee crisis hitting Europe - The Other Side of Hope is also very funny, never losing sight of the droll, comic upside to life, but never making light of tragedy, either.

— Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Village Voice

The Other Side of Hope

Film • Mar 14

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This film is a part of our Foreign Focus series.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki

A former traveling salesman begins an unlikely friendship with a group of Syrian refugees that have recently arrived in Finland. Kaurismäki addresses the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis through a dark sense of humor as he points out the hardships of asylum seekers and underlines just how truly remarkable a bond between strangers can be.

Foreign Focus is sponsored by:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Aaron and Andrea West
Paul and Jean Denman
David Whiteman and Lee Jane Kaufman

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2017. Finland. 100 min. NR. In Finnish, Arabic and Swedish with English subtitles.