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Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Finland finds the home of the heart in Namibia

Directed by Riikka Notkola from Finland, Home of Heart is a short documentary that tells a story of urbanised Namibians who miss their childhood homes in the harsh environment of North-Central Namibia (Ovamboland). The documentary was recently premiered in Windhoek, Namibia. The first screenings were organised by the University of Namibia (UNAM) and at The National Gallery of Namibia.

Ruben Kasvokuva

Home of Heart tells a story of Windhoek-based Ruben Shapua. He has a good life in the city, but he also has a farm far away in the North. His dream is to move back one day at least for a retirement. Kandina is a young woman who gathers the strength for the first time to face the past and return back to a place she once called home, for the first time in 20 years.

Home of Heart is a story of people travelling back to their roots. The story starts from Namibia, but - surprisingly - ends in Finland, where a long-lost sister of Ruben is found.

Ruben and Kandina

Home of Heart is an artistic part of a research project titled: Demographic change and the resilience of the social and ecological systems in North-Central Namibia. It is hosted by the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with UNAM. The research project is funded by the Kone Foundation.

The music for the film was composed by a Namibian, Naxa Nakale.