The Liberian Sam Reayah has lived in a refugee camp in Ghana for 15 years. His family of four shares the same faith as many other Liberians: As a result of the bloody civil war which began in 1989, as many as 700 000 Liberians have been forced to leave their home country.
After ten years of living in Ghana, Reayah’s family members were separated from each other. The mother was able to continue her journey with one of the daughters to the United States while the father stayed in Ghana with the other. The anticipated family reunification becomes delayed, and Sam has to spend five years apart from his wife and second daughter.
The documentary by Maria Seppälä and Veera Lehto-Michaud follows Sam’s last months in Ghana and his trip to the United States. Although the thought of being united with his family feels wonderful, it is not easy for Sam to leave Africa behind. He has found his place in Ghana and also work at the refugee camp hospital. Even in the United States he longs to be back home, in Liberia.
Text: Elli-Alina Hiilamo / Translation: Anniina Hautakoski
The film is screened together with the short documentary Golden Age.
- Name in Original Language: Meno-paluu
- Director: Veera Lehto-Michaud, Maria Seppälä
- Country: Finland
- Year: 2014
- Length: 46 min
- Age limit: S
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Veera Lehto-Michaud
- Editing: Janne Rehmonen, Veera Lehto-Michaud, Matti Näränen, Minja Panjanen
- Audio: Rauno Mynttinen
- Production: Elli Toivoniemi / Tuffi Films
- Maxim 1: Wednesday 28.1. at 17:00
- Kinopalatsi 8: Saturday 31.1. at 15:30