Letters to Katja (1994)

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A chronicle of the Finnish born photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's return to her roots in Finland with her daughter Katja, after 23 years in Britain. An intimate journey of the heart, revealing the emotional turning points of their year in Finland, and their attempt to come to terms with the complex feelings around personal and national identity. While in Finland, Sirkka raised funds from the Finnish State Television Yleisradio, and the Finnish Film Foundation, to make a documentary film about her year in Finland. She took her daughter Katja with her, hoping to share her experience with her, but eventually homesickness and the harsh Finnish winter drove her back to her father in England. Sirkka stayed on, and together with Peter Roberts on her return created the film from photographs, family video and cine film shot during the year.

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