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Rebels with a cause

30 minutes
Extinction Rebellion activist Sanni (21) has given up her job and Eltti (18) is leaving her home - “for the sake of you and me”.
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Content Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Action
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Sanni (21), who engages in Extinction Rebellion (Elokapina) civil disobedience, has given up her job to save the world from a climate catastrophe. Quick-witted Eltti (18) combines queer and environmental activism and uses it as fuel in their performances. Although Sanni and Eltti pursue the common good, the task of the activist is heavy, and neither the authorities nor all citizens seem to understand their good goals.

The themes of the film are civil disobedience, the activist's trauma and the role of the authorities as the protector of society in Finland that is said to be the world’s safest country and country that has one of the most trusted police force in the world. What feelings does the activist have to go through in the action and who should the officials eventually protect and from whom?

The summer and autumn rebellions in the film were one of the biggest media events of the 2021 in Finland, in the country where the demonstration culture has traditionally been very restrained and authorities used to be deeply respected. The film paints a hopeful and sympathetic picture of awake contemporary youth who are ready to fight the climate crisis, even by resolutely breaking the law.
Kansalaistottelemattomuutta harjoittava Sanni (21) on luopunut työstään meidän kaikkien vuoksi ja pelastaakseen maailman ilmastokatastrofilta. Sanavalmis Eltti (18) yhdistää queer- sekä ympäristöaktivismin ja käyttää sitä polttoaineena esiintymisissään. Vaikka Sanni ja Eltti ajavat yhteistä hyvää on kansalaisaktiivin tehtävä raskas eivätkä viranomaiset ja kaikki kansalaisetkaan tunnu ymmärtävän heidän hyviä päämääriään. Aktivistin psyyke joutuu ympäröivien paineiden puristuksessa koetukselle.

Elokuvan teemoja ovat kansalaistottelemattomuus, aktivistin trauma sekä virkavallan rooli yhteiskunnan suojelijana Suomessa, maassa, jonka sanotaan olevan maailman turvallisin ja jossa poliisitoiminnan taso on tilastojen mukaan maailman kirkkainta kärkeä. Millaisen tunnekirjon aktivisti joutuu käymään läpi aktiossa ja ketä virkakoneiston lopulta tulisikaan suojella ja keneltä?
Studio: PinkAgency Productions
Producers: Miikka Poutiainen
From: Finland
Produced In: Finland
Directors: Miikka Poutiainen
Lead Actors: SanniEltti Kinnunen
Key Crew: Okko Oinonen (cinematography)Panu Akrenius (sound)
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