Original title: Sotalapset
English title: War Children
Script: Erja Dammert
Photography: Marita Hällfors
Editor: Jukka Nykänen
Sound: Heikki Innanen
Music: Jovanka Trbojevic
Production: Ulla Simonen / Kinotar
To be a baby, one, two, three or ten years old. It is not easy to be a little child under the threat of war and hunger. During The Second World War, thousands of Finnish children were evacuated to the neighboring countries in Scandinavia. The film War Children describes the journey of these children to the great unknown: Sweden. The trip could last a few months, several years, or a lifetime.
One hopes documentary ethics will not fade in the remaking of its art. In Finland there is less likelihood of losing this dimension of empathy, as it remains part of a self-conscious modesty, and of filmmakers' sense of how they bring people's experiences to light.
- Gabriel Paletz, Documentary Magazine