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  • Original Title:
  • Ei tietä kotiin
  • Screening Time:
  • Year:
  • 2018

  • The protagonist of the film, Charles, is searching for his identity. After living as a refugee in Finland for 6 years, he travels back to the border of Rwanda and Congo to meet his mother and his family in a Kiziba refugee camp. He wants to go with his wife and oldest daughter, 9-year-old Nadine, but something happens: his wife escapes from the Helsinki airport with the girl. Charles’ trip turns into a long letter to his daughter, in which he tries to explain where he comes from, what happened before he and his family they became refugees and why his wife didn’t want her to come to Rwanda. The film is also about relationship between a father and a daughter. As a stranger who doesn’t even share a common language with his Finnish daughter, Charles doesn’t know where he belongs. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and English but Nadine speaks Finnish. In this poetic film, themes of identity, racism, family and love come together forming a road trip through Rwanda, still healing the scars of genocide.

    Director’s Statement: With my film I want to show the sense of not belonging anywhere, and how refugees feel when facing the ignorance of Finnish people. If nobody talks to you and says ‘hello’, you may never become a part of the society. It’s important to learn to understand people coming from different cultures and backgrounds, instead of just passing each other by. Especially as only two generations ago we were facing similar struggles in Kainuu to what people are experiencing now in Congo. I hope that my film serves as a business card, encouraging people to become interested in other lives, stories and backgrounds. Now, when nationalism is used as a political tool, we should expose the myth behind it. There isn’t such thing as a real Finn.

  • Director:
  • Markku Heikkinen
  • Genre:
  • Documentary
  • Duration:
  • 63 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Zone2 Pictures
    Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
  • Sales Company:
  • Available
  • About the Director:
    Markku Heikkinen is a Finnish documentary film director born in 1966. He studied at the University of Tampere and the School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design in 2006. He received the state prize for cinema in 2015. He directed Men of Talvivaara Mine, Old Man and the Lady, Due Date and All Boys.
  • « Back to Catalogue
  • No Road Home Image
  • No Road Home

  • Ei tietä kotiin
  • Year:
  • 2018

  • Director:
  • Markku Heikkinen
  • Genre:
  • Documentary
  • Duration:
  • 63 min.
  • Status:
  • Completed
  • Country:
  • Finland
  • Production Company:
  • Zone2 Pictures
    Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
  • Sales Company:
  • Available
  • The protagonist of the film, Charles, is searching for his identity. After living as a refugee in Finland for 6 years, he travels back to the border of Rwanda and Congo to meet his mother and his family in a Kiziba refugee camp. He wants to go with his wife and oldest daughter, 9-year-old Nadine, but something happens: his wife escapes from the Helsinki airport with the girl. Charles’ trip turns into a long letter to his daughter, in which he tries to explain where he comes from, what happened before he and his family they became refugees and why his wife didn’t want her to come to Rwanda. The film is also about relationship between a father and a daughter. As a stranger who doesn’t even share a common language with his Finnish daughter, Charles doesn’t know where he belongs. He speaks Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and English but Nadine speaks Finnish. In this poetic film, themes of identity, racism, family and love come together forming a road trip through Rwanda, still healing the scars of genocide.

    Director’s Statement: With my film I want to show the sense of not belonging anywhere, and how refugees feel when facing the ignorance of Finnish people. If nobody talks to you and says ‘hello’, you may never become a part of the society. It’s important to learn to understand people coming from different cultures and backgrounds, instead of just passing each other by. Especially as only two generations ago we were facing similar struggles in Kainuu to what people are experiencing now in Congo. I hope that my film serves as a business card, encouraging people to become interested in other lives, stories and backgrounds. Now, when nationalism is used as a political tool, we should expose the myth behind it. There isn’t such thing as a real Finn.

  • About the Director:
    Markku Heikkinen is a Finnish documentary film director born in 1966. He studied at the University of Tampere and the School of Motion Picture, Television and Production Design in 2006. He received the state prize for cinema in 2015. He directed Men of Talvivaara Mine, Old Man and the Lady, Due Date and All Boys.