500 YEARS OF HATE (ongoing)

She went to an apartment viewing but was not let in. Guards follow her in markets when she is shopping, and she lies to her daughter, telling her that it’s only “because they like us so much”. Finland: The best place to live. The most stable country. The most equal country. The worlds most literate nation. But only if you happen to be the right kind of person. Finnish Roma have been stigmatized and discriminated for the whole 500 years of history that they have existed in this land we now call Finland. Generations after generations have grown up to face different shapes of humiliation. Robbers and thieves, troublemakers; this is the only story I remember was ever told of them. In 1917, when Finland got independent, Finnish Roma were given full citizenship. Though the 10 000 people minority has left their vagabond lifestyle decades ago and is living as whoever Finns, there is still a huge psychical gap separating them and the so called main population. The lack of interaction between people allows all the preconceptions continue spreading and therefore causing pain. (This is an ongoing project, Finland 2016-)


Tell me a story, Pew.What kind of story, child?A story with a happy ending.There’s no such thing in all the world.As a happy ending?As an ending. (Shot for a documentary film Stories From Finland / Tarinoita Suomesta, Inland Film Company / YLE, 2016…


Sierra Leone, a small West-African coastal country, was hit by a catastrophe that made headlines all over the world. Ebola. It crossed the borders from Guinea to Sierra Leone in spring 2014. Towards autumn, it started to look that the spread of the virus was about to spiral out of control. There was urgent need for action. International help was deployed to the country. Local operators bent over backwards. Sierra Leone Red Cross started to recruit people to join a battle where the enemy was invisible but surely fatal. Any volunteers? Yes. Thousands. “If I don’t do it, who will do it?” became a mantra that volunteers repeated to keep their motivation up. And really, it is a good question. If no volunteers had done what they did, Ebola would still be here. Here, and most likely there, too. However, stopping the spread of the disease did not happen without a price. Volunteers paid a heavy toll for their services. The mental burden of the work they did still haunts many of them. (Sierra Leone, 2016 || For Red Cross)


In the south of the Spanish exclave city of Ceuta in northwest Africa locates a 12,000 residents' neighborhood of El Principe. The neighborhood is sometimes called as ”the most dangerous neighborhood in Europe”, and though illegal drug trade is not so common as back in the days, gangs are still fully controlling the area with their guns and visitors are not welcome. The unemployment rate in the neighborhood is around 80% which has made it a fruitful soil for ISIS recruiters. During the past few years many young people, men and women, have travelled to the conflict zones in Middle East to become fighters of the terrorism organization. Residents of the neighborhood feel frustrated because they are often stigmatized by local people as well as by media, and Ceuta's politicians are not doing enough to help and support the neighborhood to change to better. (Spain/Morocco, 2016 || for Lännen Media)


Palestine, 2015