Homecoming

Local title
Kojutulek
Original title
Máhccan
Director
Suvi West, Anssi Kömi
Country
Finland, Norway
Year
2023
Festival
Kumu Dokumentaal 2024
Programme
Kumu Documentary
Subject
history

As museums worldwide are increasingly pressured to return cultural property, the co-directors, Suvi West and Anssi Kömi, share a personal and insightful story about the return of Sámi artefacts ‒ long held in a museum ‒ to their homeland.

The camera follows West as she visits Sámi artefacts housed in a Helsinki museum as they are prepared for their long-awaited return to Sápmi, the Sámi nation in northern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia. Keen to discover if any of her ancestors’ belongings are among the collection, West carries us through the remarkably intricate and emotional process of the repatriation of indigenous cultural and spiritual property to their homelands.

The film will be introduced by the promoter of the Finno-Ugric kindred people’s movement Jaak Prozes and the Fenno-Ugria project manager Janno Zõbin.

Director
Suvi West, Anssi Kömi
Producer
Janne Niskala
DoP
Anssi Kömi
Editor
Hanna Kuirinlahti
Composer
Georg Buljo
Production
Ten Thousand Images, Vaski Filmi
World sales
First Hands Films
Runtime
Language
Finnish
Subtitles
English
Other festivals
Toronto

Screenings

Kumu auditoorium KUMU
ScreeningKojutulek
SubtitlesEnglish
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