Alonely follows the story of a father who has lost his child and embarks on a long journey in a seemingly never-ending forest. Aloney is written, directed, and produced by Fiona Musanga, a Rwandese filmmaker, writer, and visual artist currently based in Helsinki. Musanga is currently working on the script for her first feature film.
Leftovers tells of Cana, a Syrian woman, who wants to buy a fridge in Helsinki. To take the fridge home, Cana rides in a van with Ville and Rony where their worlds intersect on themes of coldness, heaviness, and exile. Leftovers is the first short film of Shahi Derky, who was born in Damascus, left Syria in 2012 to live in Southern Kurdistan, then Turkey and France.
Both filmmakers are alumni of the Helsinki-based Academy of Moving People and Images (AMPI), which is a platform for mobile people – those who have arrived in Finland for different reasons, be they immigrants, asylum seekers, students, or employees. It aims to contribute to a discrimination-free film industry.
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AMPI was founded by Erol Mintaş, filmmaker known especially for his feature film Song of My Mother. Mintaş attends the screening and discussion and presents the AMPIs activities.The films and their directors are introduced, and the discussion is moderated by Sasha Huber, a member of the advisory board of AMPI and a well-known contemporary artist, whose work deals with colonial and post-colonial relationships negotiated by African and Caribbean diasporas.
The Celebrating Our Diversity Festival is brought to you by the National Museums of World Culture (Sweden), Finnish Institute of the Middle East (Finland), Centre for Cultural and General Studies at Karlsruhe University (Germany) and Lebanese National Commision for UNESCO (Lebanon) with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation, European Union, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.