Marzia, My Friend

While journalist and documentary director Kirsi Mattila travels to Afghanistan to train female journalists, she gets to know a news reporter named Marzia, who is filled with enthusiasm and big dreams. Young Marzia dares to aim for a career in journalism, even though she is a woman born in Afghanistan. Mattila starts filming Marzia’s life and the two women begin an email correspondence. “Follow your heart,” Mattila advises, but this is easier said than done. Marzia is trying to balance her dreams with social acceptance, but this is at times very difficult. Others around her are filled with contempt because instead of an arranged marriage she chose to marry the man she loves. Also, she works alongside men at the news office. Even Mattila’s documentary puts Marzia at danger. The film offers a window into everyday life in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Anna-Sofia Joro / Translation: Sanna Parikka

Languages: Finnish, English, Dari
Subtitles: English


  • Name in Original Language: Marzia, ystäväni
  • Director: Kirsi Mattila
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 80 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Sari Aaltonen, Malek Shafi'i, Alka Sadat, Kirsi Mattila, Hashim Didari
  • Editing: Hanna Kuirinlahti
  • Audio: Kirsi Korhonen
  • Music: Pessi Levanto
  • Production: Elina Pohjola, Pohjola-filmi Oy


  • Kinopalatsi 7: Tuesday 26.1. at 16:30
  • Kinopalatsi 6: Friday 29.1. at 15:00