Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart
Kai Latvalehto has always felt like an outsider. As a child in the 1970’s, his Finnish family lived in Gothenburg, southern Sweden, and he always felt like he was a second grade citizen; one of those who spoke a weird language too loudly and drank too much alcohol. He was ashamed of being a Finn. In the early 1980’s, Kai’s father, Tauno, decided it was time they moved back to Finland. Kai felt like he didn’t belong there as well. Now in his forties, after quitting his musical career and having a child of his own, Kai feels even more out of place. Kai decides to drive with his father from Oulu in Northern Finland all the way down to Gothenburg to revisit the places of his childhood. The journey of a father and son becomes a musical delving into the emotional memory and the history of Finnish immigration in Sweden, an exploration of shame, guilt, crime, alcoholism, and family secrets.