Thursday, March 10, 2016

Miles to Go Before I Sleep / Saa uni vielä odottaa

Hanna Hovitie | Finland 2015 | Documentary | 14 min
PC: Metropolia AMK. P: Emmi Vuokko, Hanna Hovitie. D: Hanna Hovitie. SC: Noora Kuparinen, Hanna Hovitie. DP: Hanna Hovitie, Ilkka Salminen. S+M: Miikka Katajamäki. ED: Noora Kuparinen. Contact: Arto Tuohimaa,
    Tampere Film Festival (TFF), National Competition 9
    Featuring: Achat Gallute Hussein.
    In English with English subtitles.
    10+11 March, 2016, Plevna 5, 2

TFF: "When Achat was seven years old, her parents sent her away from Congo to be adopted in France. After her adoptive mother’s death, years of ordinary life in Paris turned into a nightmare. In the film Achat shares her story of becoming a victim of abuse and child trafficking. Through twists and turns beyond belief, she is thrown into a whirlwind of drifting between continents. The film is a journey through Achat’s memories of homes that were never truly homes. When deprived of one’s identity, can it ever be restored? In order to be able to start fresh, she must first face up to her past."

AA: Her real name is Deborah, and this film is her first person testimony, with her voice-over, about her ordeal which started when she was sent to Paris. "My 'adoptive father' drugged me and abused me." There is illustrative footage of colours spreading out in water. On a trip to South Africa she was robbed, and the officials then detected the child trafficking case. She was taken to the orphanage, to the UNHRC Transit Center, to stay at a camp in Meheba for four years. "My case was sent to Finland. Going to a country where I do not know anyone." From beautiful Africa to cold Finland. "I still do not know why my parents sent me to France and never contacted me." A moving and heart-breaking story of being abused and abandoned.

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