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Tom of Finland

2017 | 117 min | K-12 | biography, drama

A film about Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen’s journey to international success and at the same time a story about Finnish history. The Tom of Finland film was part of the program for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. (Source: Koulukino)

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About the movie


  • arts
  • finnish
  • health education
  • history
  • philosophy
  • social studies


  • courage
  • differency
  • domestic
  • equality
  • Ethics
  • human rights education
  • identity and growing
  • learning materials
  • milieu and zeitgeist
  • relationships
  • war trauma

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools
  • middle schools


  • biography
  • drama


  • based on true events
  • rainbow

Age limits

  • K-12


  • Jussi


  • Helsinki-filmi

For media educator

The film Tom of Finland is a beautiful and fascinating description of the journey of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) to international success. In the film, Touko returns home from the continuation of war to dark and moralistic Finland, where homosexuality is illegal. To amuse himself and his friends, he starts drawing muscular, free, uninhibited, and proud gay men. The drawings are dangerous in Finland, so Touko even hides them from her sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky), even though the siblings are very close.

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