Recommended movie: Aavan meren tällä puolen / Kid Svensk / That Special Summer

Kid Svensk – Trailer Suomi (Finsk) Version
Watched this film last night and really liked it for two reasons:

  1. Its portrayal of the immigrant integration challenge: the mother, a low-skilled Finnish immigrant to Gothenburg in Sweden in the 1980's, doesn't speak any Swedish and cannot understand her surroundings, and
  2. The tackling of the situations a kid growing with two languages and cultures can face: supporting her parents in the local community and being harassed for her background.

I found the movie especially poignant given the current immigration debate in Finland.  Not too long ago, Finns were leaving the country, facing similar issues in other lands to the ones found by newcomers here.

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