Private Project

The Other Voice

It is parliamentary election spring 2019. Jukka, a professor from the University of Helsinki and a first time parliamentary candidate, is walking to the kick-off event, and receives praise for his candidacy even up to the future world famous prime minister of Finland. Jukka is determined to change the lousy University Act. At the same time, education and science professionals, Gaela, Lena and Taina, go through their own battle to be able to teach and research - struggling with law case, layoffs, lack of resources and dysfunctional structures. However, the biggest resistance is The Finnish anti-education and anti-science Government, which changes every four years.

The Other Voice is Annika Grof’s edgy and popping collage film about four academics and one cinematographer. Finland has been famous as a model country for democracy and education, but the film reflects the current tragic situation of the university to the recent past's national political twists and turns revealing the flaws of the country's democracy.


  • Annika Grof
    There Will Be Spring (2020), Within Limits (2009)
  • Annika Annika
    There Will Be Spring (2020), Within Limits (2009)
  • Joon Tervakari
    There Will Be Spring (2020)
  • Jukka Kekkonen
    Key Cast
  • Gaela Keryell
    Key Cast
  • Lena Näre
    Key Cast
  • Taina Saarikivi
    Key Cast
  • Annika Grof
  • Ville Riippa
    There Will Be Spring (2020), Within Limits (2009)
  • Joon Tervakari
    There Will Be Spring (2020), Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara (2017), Almost 18 (2012)
  • Pietari Koskinen
    Sound designer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Toiset äänet
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    298,000 EUR
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    C-DNG 3.8K
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  • Finnish Film Affair 2022 (industry event)

  • DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival 2022
    January 31, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Yle (Finnish public service media company | 14.1.2023)
    Country: Finland
    Rights: Free TV
  • Tarasow Films (theatrical premiere in Finland | 27.5.2022)
    Country: Finland
    Rights: Theatrical
Director Biography - Annika Grof

Annika works as a director, scriptwriter and developer in film, tv and commercial productions. She has always worked in various genres, including documentary and fictional material. Her previous film was a timeless drama feature There Will Be Spring (2020) and her most well known documentary Within Limits (2009) is already a classic in Finland.

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Director Statement

Governments come and governments go, but disinterest by politicians on science and education remains. In the constantly changing world, we need something stable, someone said.

Known as a filmmaker who gets excited by topics considered unexciting, I wanted to dig into the world of education policy and find out the reason behind blightning the universities that has been going on for over a decade in Finland. And there's more: I wanted to make a poppish, groovy and entertaining film about it. What do you say about that?

After finding a producer who was reckless enough, main characters who were brave enough and a camera I could use, I started to delineate a film which would blow the audience off their seats. I was determined to bring the plight of science into daylight. Science, which is pushed in the shadows of politics because it doesn't bring votes to politicians' pockets, because the citizens don't understand a smidgen about its significance to themselves.

Did I succeed resolving the reasons behind the current ridiculous situation in universities? Did I manage to make a poppish film? Did I finally learn how to pull focus on the complicated camera lense? I hope you all see yourselves and find out!