Leaving Africa

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    Leaving Africa

    Hyvasti Afrikka

    Directed by

    Finland, Uganda

    2015

    84 min

    • English
    • Finnish
    • Luganda

    Documentary

    Finnish Riitta and Ugandan Catherine have something in common; work, a shared home and a sense of humor. Riitta has been working in aid work in Uganda for more than 25 years, and soon it is time for her to retire and to return to Finland. Before that, Riitta and Catherine will invite religious leaders to a course in which they challenge the priests and the imams to a straightforward, taboo breaking discussion on women’s right to their bodies, sexuality and life. However, soon Riitta and Catherine will hear of serious allegations made against them. These allegations will jeopardize their entire life’s work. LEAVING AFRICA is a film about the quest for gender equality in Africa and the world's greatest challenge - mitigating the population explosion. The film reveals also the value, content and challenges of development co-operation.

    Awards

    • Audience Award - Docpoint, Helsinki Documentary FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Riitta Kujala
    Catherine Othieno
    Daizy Kimbowa
    Screenplay
    Iiris Härmä
    Cinematography
    Visa Koiso-Kanttila
    Editing
    Niels Pagh Andersen
    Music
    Marcel Vald
    Sales
    FIRST HAND FILMS
    Production
    GUERILLA FILMS
    Festival Bookings
    THE FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION

    Press

    Leaving Africa is a wonderful film about the power of friendship.

    Rob Aldam, Backseat Mafia

    Leaving Africa is a powerful film that deals sensitively with these volatile issues.

    Maurie Alioff, POV Magazine

    Iiris Härmä

    Iiris Härmä

    Finland

    M.A. Iiris Härmä has over 15 years experience as a producer, production coordinator, director and writer in documentary film productions. Her background is in Ethnology and Cultural Studies in which she received MA in University of Turku, and Film Studies diploma from The New School University, NY. Iiris Härmä is the other founding member of Guerilla Films with her husband documentary film director Visa Koiso-Kanttila. She is also an active member of PINGIS, the community of Finnish forefront women documentarists. Iiris Härmä has produced and directed several award-winning short and feature-length documentaries that have acclaimed international reputation in various film festivals around the world.

    Selected Filmography