IT’S ALL RIGHT
The young prosecutor Aleksi (Johannes Holopainen) is unexpectedly called to his first trial, which is about rape. Aleksi represents Niina (Lotta Kaihua), who has waited for the trial for years. When the session starts, Aleksi has had way too little and Niina way too much time to prepare. Will the system give mercy to Aleksi and justice to Niina? It’s All Right is directed by Miia Tervo and written by Miia Tervo and Jenni Toivoniemi, and it is part of the film anthology Force of Habit.
Directed by: Miia Tervo
Screenplay by: Miia Tervo & Jenni Toivoniemi
Produced by: Elli Toivoniemi
Cinematography by: Päivi Kettunen F.S.C.
Production design by: Katariina Kapi
Costume design by: Roosa Marttiini
Make-up design by: Kaisu Hölttä
Editing by: Antti Reikko
Sound design by: Lotta Mäki
Aleksi: Johannes Holopainen
Niina: Lotta Kaihua
Virpi: Ria Kataja
Kari: Tommi Korpela
Puolustusasianajaja: Leo Honkonen
Juha: Chike Ohanwe
Marja: Ona Kamu
Niinan aviomies: Martti Tervo
Country of production: Finland
Domestic content rating: 12
I investigated legislation regarding rape in Finland and things that are associated with it for a feature-length documentary. The cases that are portrayed in the film are based on reality: the experiences and legal texts are from actual legal documents. One of my harshest observations was that a lot of the women that I interviewed felt that the legal process – if there even was one – was very traumatic. Every year, thousands of women don’t report being raped because they recognize and are afraid of the crushing effect the legal process might have. Why seek “justice” when you won’t get it in the humiliating legal process. At the moment our society’s message is that stealing a purse is more serious a crime than injuring another person, perhaps for life. Are we really doing the best we can?
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