Colorado Avenue is a 2007 film, directed by Claes Olsson, and based on two Ostrobothnia novels by Lars Sund (Colorado Avenue and Puodinpitäjän poika (Shopkeeper’s Son). The film tells the story of Dollar-Hanna, dealing with humiliation, shame and respect.
When Hanna is little, she and her mother are forced to leave their home island in the Bothnia archipelago after Hanna´s father drowns at sea. Hanna becomes a hired girl at the Smeds´ house and starts to save money to go to America. In 1893, at the age of 18, she travels to the Unites States and Colorado, determined to make money in the Great West.
Ten years later in 1905, Hanna returns to her home village, Siklax, with her son Otto and daughter, Ida, but without a husband. With her American dollars she buys a parcel of rocky land and opens a country store. The store becomes the village centre and the local people begin to respect the industrious Hanna – or Dollar-Hanna as they choose to call her.
The film will be shown at 2pm at the Scandinavian Community Centre, It is in Finnish with English subtitles, and there will, of course, be coffee and goodies.