• Documentary films, over 30 min
2023 | 52 min

The Kind Stranger

ASMR – Täydellinen ystävä


Manu (Finland), Emma (Britain) and Charlotte (US) are ASMR artists, part of a worldwide community of millions of people. They make popular Youtube videos that imitate human connection: gentle whispers, tender hand movements, caring role plays. For Manu, the videos are a way of finding his place in the world. Charlotte sees herself doing ”service”, and Emma looks at the camera as a mother. They all were once helped by the ASMR community, and now they want to give something back.

International premiere: DOC NYC 2023
Sini Hormio, Anu Silfverberg
SCRIPTWRITERS: Sini Hormio, Ari Matikainen, Anu Silfverberg
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jarkko Virtanen, Sonja Huttunen 
EDITING: Samu Kuukka  
SOUND: Janne Laine  
MUSIC: Hans Wessels 
PRODUCER: Ari Matikainen


Sini Hormio

Sini Hormio is a filmmaker and impact producer from Helsinki. She has worked in film and television since 2000, and during the past years has focused on working with documentaries. Hormio is a firm believer in audiovisual storytelling and constant learning. Through her work you can see her love for humanity and community. The Kind Stranger is Hormio’s debut feature-length documentary as a director.

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Anu Silfverberg

Anu Silfverberg is an award-winning journalist and writer living in Helsinki. She is one of the founders of Long Play, a high quality publication of longform narrative journalism. Silfverberg has also published two books of fiction and three essay books dealing with cinema, literature and society. Throughout her work you find the notion that the personal and the intimate are always also social and political.

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Anni Asikainen

Advisor / International Promotion and Cultural Export of Documentary Films

• deputy starting Jan 8, 2024
• festival distribution strategy for documentary films
• travel, project and material and marketing support for documentary films

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