Putting Lipstick on a Pig (Att sminka en gris), a 2018 documentary by Johan Karrento tackles problem gambling head-on.
Director Karrento was intrigued by news of a middle-aged accountant Päivi from Åland, where he is from originally, being caught embezzling her clients to finance her escalating gambling habit. Over the years Päivi lost over 800 000 euros of other people's money, ending up in jail.
Karrento had made contact with Päivi while she was still incarcerated and her story branched into the lives of her victims and looking at the inner workings of the gambling industry. Amazingly many of the victims were willing to talk openly about their experiences. Karrento praises their courage to recount the sting of betrayal in a small town of 30 000 where the story was unprecedented.
Åland or Ahvenanmaa in Finnish, is an autonomous island region between Finland and Sweden, belonging to Finland. Its official language is Swedish, which is also the language of the film, subtitled in English.
Screening with short films by Ryerson University, filmed in Iceland during the School of Image Arts Iceland workshop of 2018.
Putting Lipstick on a Pig has won the best documentary feature award of Åland, the Vera and also at the 2018 Warsaw Film Festival.
Doors open at 6.00 pm, screening starts at 6.30 pm,
Admission is free
1/29/2019 6:00 PM - 1/29/2019 8:30 PM
Ryerson Universtity School of Image Arts, Consulate of Finland in Toronto, U of T Finnish Studies
Ryerson University School of Image Arts
122 Bond Street, third floor, Room IMA307