Equality Parade 2017 is an event celebrating the diversity of Warsaw's LGBT community. The premier of the Finnish film Tom of Finland in Poland is part of the Equality Parade's programme.
Times have changed since artist Touko Laaksonen needed to destroy his stylised homoerotic images because of the conservative atmosphere in Finland. Today these controversial art pieces have become a symbol of tolerance.
Dome Karukoski’s film “Tom of Finland” is about how the vision and art of a Finnish man have changed our world. One of the most famous Finnish art brands, Tom of Finland has served as a powerful global inspiration for big names of popular culture and fashion. It is a brand that celebrates every individual’s freedom and right to be one’s own self.
This visually ambitious, touching and energising film is a time travel story that takes us from post-war Finland to the 1980’s. When the artist Touko Laaksonen first began to draw men, he kept his illustrations in the drawer because homosexuality was still a criminal offence in Finland. His drawings conveyed the image of the healthy, strong and happy gay across the world. This was how he changed people’s preconceptions and had an influence on the identity of numerous men.
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