Secondary school film: Gods of Molenbeek


Tue 15 Sept at 13:30  (KULPS! grades 7–10 )
Secondary school film: Gods of Molenbeek 

Six-year-old Aatos and his friend are searching for the meanings of life in a world shaken by bomb attacks.  The district of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels has become world-famous as a centre of jihadism, but for six-year-old boys Aatos and Amine, it is a familiar home. Together, they search for the answers to life’s big questions. Aatos wants a God of his own because Amine has Allah, but things are made more complicated by Aatos’s friend Flo, who is convinced that anyone who believes in God is completely nuts. The children’s playing is brutally interrupted by the adult world when terrorists attack the nearby metro station. The streets are filled by armoured vehicles, armed soldiers and police. Bedtime stories stir thoughts of violence, and even friendship is put to test.

In the modern world, where borderlines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ are drawn on the basis of religion, the protagonist’s unbiased approach shows on the microscopic scale how you can very well live at cultural interfaces without black-and-white dividing lines. We look at the world through the eyes of a curious boy who plays with his friends, easily skipping from Muslims to Christianity and Greek mythology.

Finland, 2019
Director and scriptwriter: Reetta Huhtanen

No age limit 
Duration 1 h 13 min

Free admission. Reservations: or tel. 050 494 6833 weekdays at 15–17 

The film screening also includes learning materials sent in advance to groups coming to see the show.



  • Culture, 
  • Movie
Target group:
  • Pupils and students
  • Leppävaara