Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


The Other Voice

Universities have faced hardship for years now. One after another, governments have cut funds from education and science, causing everything and everyone to be stretched thin. The resources do not cover the necessities anymore, and thus some have been treated unjustly.

Annika Grof’s film takes a look at the situation through university staff members in different positions. Professor Jukka Kekkonen seeks a chance to make an impact by running for Parliament. Taina Saarikivi looks for an opportunity to advance her research, seemingly peculiar to outsiders. French language professor Gaela Keryell, a victim of employee co-operation negotiations, seeks help from courts to determine the basis of her termination.

Paavo Ihalainen (translated by Inari Ylinen)

The Other Voice is Annika Grof’s edgy and poppy collage film about four academics and one cinematographer. Elements like the impossibility of running for Parliament, groundbreaking legal struggles, a sound work that cracks the illusion of democracy, and a dysfunctional office printer are woven together in the story. The film reflects the tragic situation of the university to the recent past’s national political twists and turns. They both inevitably define what our democracy will slip into in the future.

Production notes

Original Title: Toiset äänet
Language: Finnish, English
Subtitles: English, Finnish
Length: 88 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2022
Production Country: Finland

Director: Annika Grof
Producer: Joon Tervakari
Production Company: Tarasow Films
Screenplay: Annika Grof
Editing: Joon Tervakari
Cinematographer: Annika Grof
Music: Ville Riippa
Sound Design: Pietari Koskinen