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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

23 – 30 SEP 2023

Unexpected Journey

Original title: Saattokeikka
German title: Eine ungewöhnliche Reise
85 min
Youth Film
from 15 years
2017 | German Premiere
Direction: Samuli Valkama
Script: Khadar Ahmed
Cast: Mikko Nousiainen, Saga Sarkola


2017 | Youth Film

Additional Information
Anssi Leino
Mikko Sippola
Pessi Levanto
Solar Films

17-year-old Kamal lives in Helsinki, Finland. He was born in Finland but he comes from Africa originally. His father left Kamal and his mother when Kamal was 10 years old. His mother got married again and they are moving to his stepfather’s place. Kamal decides to go to Nairobi, Kenya where his father lives, but he needs money for plane’s ticket. So, he starts looking for a summer job and finally finds a job with a very small wage. A Finnish old man, Veikko, lives in their neighborhood who always treats Kamal and his friends with no respect and calls them Somalis. One day when Kamal is parking his stepfather’s car, Veikko appears suddenly and offers to pay Kamal that he drives him to a far-off destination. That money tempts Kamal to accept Veikko’s request. Their journey starts and they are confronted with a variety of stories. During this journey Kamal finds that Veikko has a son and an unexpected first love also falls upon him too.

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