Dir. Selma Vilhunen, 2018 | 90 minutes
Over the past ten years hobbyhorse riding has become a global phenomenon and a way of life for thousands of young people. Hobbyhorse Revolution is a funny, moving film about the power of imagination and the strength of community. The film follows three young girls, Aisku, Elsa and Alisa whose lives have been transformed by their new interest: hobbyhorses. Despite a lack of understanding by some, the girls bravely and spiritedly pursue their hobby. Playing with hobbyhorses is a traditional children’s activity, but today’s Finnish teenagers have created a versatile hobbyhorse subculture around it, raising the scene to a whole new level. Talented director Selma Vilhunen (whose Little Wing screened at our 2017 EU Film Festival) delivers an absorbing look at a passionate new form of empowerment and solidarity for young women in Finland and, as you’ll see, beyond!
“Warm and funny, Vilhunen presents a thoughtful and non-judgmental look at the Finnish hobbyhorse community in her documentary. A compelling film on the phenomenon, Hobbyhorse Revolution celebrates its subject matter with enthusiasm, resulting in a doc which is both deeply moving and endlessly amusing.”
- Point of View