Crew: Screenwriter: Hanna Kuirinlahti – Producer: Elina Pohjola – Cinematographer: Antti Polojärvi – Editor: Hanna Kuirinlahti – Sound Design: Pietu Korhonen – Composer: Markku Kanerva
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.
Director Einari Paakkanen (b. 1980) graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from the Turku University of Applied Sciences (Arts Academy), and did his Master’s degree in Documentary Directing in Barcelona. Paakkanen has made a long career as a location manager. My Father from Sirius is his first feature documentary.