A brave documentary by Ville Suhonen on the world-famous pacifist Arndt Pekurinen (1905–41) is mainly based on archival footage and stories told by his contemporaries. His portrait is constructed from the secret material of the state police and the correspondence of his relatives. The narrators of the film are well-known actors of our time.
Frequently questioned from the point of view of the present, the societal ethos of 1930s Finland, dominated by the White Guard and Finnish Defence Forces, is not praised here either. The branding of Pekurinen as a danger to society appears as downright idiotic. Instead of society making use of the pioneer of pacifism, Pekurinen was forced into a prison cycle and eventually killed in frontline conditions. Pekurinen’s defenders included Albert Einstein, among others.
Mikko-Oskari Koski (Translated by Janina Ketola)