Life saver

There is a shared experience from Stalin’s concentration camps during the Finno persecution in the 30’s in all of the three men’s past. All three have also played in the orchestras of the camps. Music was a part of the Finno-American way of life in the Soviet Karelia before Stalin’s purges. It also became a profession after being freed from the camp. The real swing helped the men to get through the damaging experiences of the concentration camps, but also to look at life so that even in agony, there has always been a bright side, too.


Original name Hengenpelastaja
Original language Finnish
Subtitles English
Genre Documentary
Production year 2005
Production country Finland
Running time 45 min


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Cinematography Timo Peltonen, Vladimir Bryljakov, Pertti Veijalainen
Sound design Martti Turunen
Editing Tuula Mehtonen
Producer Pertti Veijalainen

Screenings and awards


  • 06.10.2009 The Finnish Institute in Paris, France
  • 01.01.2009 Zoom sur Jouko Aaltonen 2009, Finnish Institute in Paris / France
  • 01.01.2005 DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2005 and Tampere Film Festival 2005 / Finland
  • 01.01.2005 Rozstaje Europy Festival 2005 / Poland
  • 01.01.2005 Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2005 / Germany
  • 01.01.2005 Mediawave / Hungary
  • 01.01.2005 Worldfilm Festival 2005 / Estonia


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

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