Self (Archive footage)
2022 . Documentary . 1h 27m
Documentary film about Tony Halme, masculinity and populism. The film follows how Tony Halme created a mythical, highly masculine freestyle wrestling character, The Viking, who gained fame both in the ring and in the public eye and eventually became captivated by it. With his brash speeches, Halme fired the starting shot for the rise of the Finns Party. The voice of a forgotten section of the population, a protest against the ruling elite, were the building blocks of Halme's popularity. Halme's great popularity has served as a good example of a populist figure, admired within the deep ranks of the nation, who comes from outside the political elite and changes the direction of politics. Also, despite - or perhaps because of - his openly racist statements, he was part of changing the political climate in Finland to a more acrimonious one.
27 Sep 2022
christianity, suicide, helsinki, finland, boxer, wrestling, marriage, politics, election campaign, alcoholism, steroids, wrestler, racism, election, divorce, finland, member of parliament, boxing, populism, absent father, finnish politics, recording artist, finns party
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