Cross-Country

Documentary film

A warm coming-of-age story about a Palestinian girl, who after arriving in Finland falls in love with snow, learns how to cross-country ski and finds her place in the world.

A 10-year old Palestinian girl Farah arrives in Finland with her mother and two brothers in the winter of 2016. This is the first time in her life, when she sees snow. And she loves it. Farah begins to ski in the International Cross-Country skiing school along with other immigrant children. She goes to school, finds new friends and eventually her own place in the world.

In the film we follow Farah's journey towards independence, her adaptation into a society that offers freedom, which is something that the family is not used to. Freedom that fascinates Farah but troubles her mother.

Cross-Country is a positive and warm coming-of-age story of our present seen through the eyes of an immigrant child.

The film will be finished at the end of year 2018.

Director: Einari Paakkanen
Screenwriter: Hanna Kuirinlahti
Producer: Elina Pohjola
Cinematographer: Antti Polojärvi
Editor: Hanna Kuirinlahti
Sound Design: Pietu Korhonen
Composer: Markku Kanerva