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by Susanna Helke


A choir of tired nurses sing to Anna-Mari Kähärä’s hypnotic tunes about the truths of everyday nursing work in a musical documentary directed by Susanna Helke and co-scripted by Helke and Markku Heikkinen. DocPoint’s opening film is new in its format, and jolting in its message. It is a cinematic-musical work of activism, calling for more humane work, life and old age.

international title: Ruthless Times: Songs of Care
original title: Armotonta menoa – Hoivatyön lauluja
working title: Carers
country: Finland
year: 2022
genre: documentary
directed by: Susanna Helke
film run: 92'
screenplay: Markku Heikkinen, Susanna Helke
cinematography by: Sari Aaltonen
film editing: Markus Leppälä, Inka Lahti, Samu Kuukka
music: Anna-Mari Kähärä
producer: Timo Korhonen
production: Road Movies Oy
backing: Finnish Film Foundation

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