Avanton Productions produces creative
documentaries, which observe
humanity and the world
around us with a personal
and sensitive touch.

Helping Mihaela

Hanna Maylett

A Roma beggar on his knees raises many extreme emotions: guilt, rage, sympathy and frustration. Most people just walk on by, but there is always someone willing to help. In this film, the director follows the confrontations between the Roma beggars from Romania and Finnish people, and is forced to question, over and over again, her own ideas about helping.

Script and directing: Hanna Maylett
Cinematography: Jyri Hakala
Editing: Tuula Mehtonen
Sound design: Janne Laine
Music: Sanna Salmenkallio
Production manager, marketing: Mina Laamo, Avanton Productions
Production: Sonja Lindén, Avanton Productions
Duration: 96’
Completion year: 2011


Festivals and screenings

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Helsinki, Finland, 16.-25.9.2011
DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 24.-29.1.2012
Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 7.-11.3.2012
5th Samsung’s Women’s International Film Festival, Chennai, India, 14.-21.7.2012
Astra Film Festival – the International Documentary Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 15.-21.10.2012
Interfaces, Institut Finlandais, Paris, France, 6.11.2012