Documentary in Finland: History, Practice and Policy

Jouko Aaltonen, Pietari Kääpä, Dafydd Sill-Jones

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Having established itself as an award-winning and ground-breaking documentary cinema in the 1990s and 2000s, Finnish documentary has experienced many of the challenges that have beset the form since the mid-2010s, including the digital disruption of production and distribution traditions. How has documentary in Finland met these challenges, and what does that say about the country’s way of making films? This book examines the ecology of Finland’s documentary filmmaking milieu by framing and analysing a series of encounters with its most important financiers, producers and directors. What emerges is a portrait of an interconnected ecology of relationships and practices, typical of a small nation documentary cinema and of the traditionally communitarian nature of Nordic film cultures. Through this analysis, the ruptures and challenges within this ecosystem are addressed, where the values of collaboration and the coherence of a national culture are challenged by the forces of change.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages234
ISBN (Electronic)9781787077478, 9781787077485
ISBN (Print)9781787077461
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeC1 Book


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