Thursday, December 17, 2009


Puolustusvoimien katsaus 80: Lottatyttö / [Army Newsreel No. 80: The Lotta Girl]. FI 1944. PC: Puolustusvoimat. D: Reino Tenkanen. A clean 16mm print, 14 min. Viewed at Cinema Orion, Helsinki, 16 Dec 2009.

A fine documentary short about the girl organization of The Lotta Svärd. The girls get education in housekeeping, they help at soldiers' homes, they engage in sport and folk dance, they participate in air surveillance and in weather observation, they get education in orienteering, they visit the Kollaanjoki, they sell Lotta badges, even to the ex-President Pehr Evind Svinhufvud. The Lotta Svärd director Fanny Luukkonen examines their camp. The girl organization is 12 years old, and there are 45.000 members. They play, engage in sports, do camping and sing "I Am A Lotta Girl".

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