A Hundred Year Journey
|A Hundred Year Journey|
|Documentary, International, Indigenous Voices|
Synopsis:Lofty Katakarinja is an Australian Arrernte Elder and Shaun Angeles a young man learning cultural knowledge from him. A hundred years ago something precious was taken from their people. They travel from central Australia to the other side of the World, tracking part of their cultural heritage. What they encounter in Finland, Scandinavia, an environment completely different from their own place of origin, is something very powerful.
The film A Hundred Year Journey is based on a project by the Helinä Rautavaara Museum. It documents a rare encounter between cultural objects, the heirs of their original owners and creators, and two museums.
The storyline follows the journey of these objects collected by missionary Oskar Liebler, who worked in Hermannsburg in central Australia in the early 20th century. Liebler collected approximately 2000 cultural objects from local First Nations communities, among which were the Arrernte Peoples. A part of his collection ended up in Finland in 1913.
Antti Seppänen (B. 1974) is a Helsinki based filmmaker and photographer. He has considerable experience on international film projects, specializing in architecture. He is know for Iceberg shadow (Illume Ltd 2009), an awarded documentary film based on a find of 8mm footage shot by a Finnish sailor all over the world. In his films Seppänen desires to learn about and reveal the fascinatingly different, yet relatable, landscapes of people’s minds. Seppänen graduated (MA) from the Huston Film School in Galway, Ireland.