Poetry’s Coming Home - A Documentary on the Annikki Poetry Festival

The Film

Runtime: 1 h 6 min
Premiere: January 2019
Contact: contact at poetryscominghome dot com

Poetry’s Coming Home - A Documentary on the Annikki Poetry Festival is a tribute to the diversity of poetry, volunteer spirit and unifying power of culture. The documentary shows how a small courtyard event organised by the residents of the Annikki Wooden Quarter in Finland grows over a decade and a half into a highly valued, international cultural festival.

Directed by Aimo Hyvärinen, the documentary features volunteer workers behind the Annikki Poetry Festival as well as a large number of brilliant performers: John Cooper Clarke (UK), Mutabaruka (JM), Yumi Fuzuki (JP), Anne Waldman (USA), Kirsi Kunnas, Paperi T, Aulikki Oksanen, Verneri Pohjola, Pentti Saaritsa, Arja Tiainen, Emma Kantanen, Rosa Liksom, Hannu Salama, Susinukke Kosola & many others.

The documentary gives a close account of the preparations for the festival in the year of its 15th anniversary in the wooden quarter built over a century ago in Tampere, Finland. Abundant archive materials shed light on the journey so far. Poetry’s Coming Home is a tale of the power of ideas, insanely creative people and the tireless volunteer spirit that ensures the continuity of countless cultural events.

Credits

Directed by
Aimo Hyvärinen

Production
HiQ visual oy & Annikki Poetry Festival

Annikki Poetry Festival Team
J.K. Ihalainen, Simo Ollila, Aino Suonio, Riikka Vaahtera

Editing
Aimo Hyvärinen

Camera 2017–2018
Aimo Hyvärinen

Camera 2013–2016, 2018
Jeroen Sebrechts / 2belgians

Camera 2009–2012
Sami Pöyry / Monadi-filmi

Camera 2008
Markku Korsu

Camera 2003–2006
Visa Knuuttila & Elina Mikola

Camera 2002
M.V.

Translations
Pekka Kytömäki

Thank You!
Annikin Tähti ry, As.oy Tampereen Annikki, Galleria Koppelo, Teos & Tulenkantajat, Cafe Aamurusko, Nihil Interit, Nuoren Voiman Liitto, J.K. Ihalainen, Simo Ollila, Aino Suonio, Riikka Vaahtera, Päivi Haanpää, Pekka Kytömäki, Donald Adamson and Erkki Kiviniemi.

Featuring

The documentary features a large number of brilliant performers: Henry Bowers (SE), John Cooper Clarke (UK), Yumi Fuzuki & Hikaru Cho (JP), Nikky Finney (USA), John Giorno (USA), Jayne Fenton Keane (AU), Jaan Malin (EE), Mutabaruka (JM), Gregory Pardlo (USA), Djami Sezostre (BR), Joelle Taylor (UK), Anne Waldman (USA), Juhani Aaltonen, Archie Ahola, Kari Aronpuro, Asa & Jätkät, Anu Aamu Aurora, Kaj Chydenius, Pauliina Haasjoki, Hannibal & Musta Moottori, Juho Hakkarainen, Satu Hassi, Hot Heros feat. Sami Sippola & Janne Tuomi, Esa Hirvonen & Plikat, Jouni Hynynen, J.K. Ihalainen, Seppo Järvinen, Jonimatti Joutsijärvi, Lea Kalenius, Emma Kantanen, Anneli Kanto, Susinukke Kosola, Kirsi Kunnas, Pekka Kytömäki, Pekko Käppi, Mari Laaksonen, Laulurastas, Rosa Liksom, Meri Lähteenoksa, Mikko Mankinen, Motelli Skronkle feat. Markku Peltola, Hannu Mäkelä, Kai Nieminen, Victoria Odum, Niina Oisalo, Aulikki Oksanen, Paperi T, Jyrki Pellinen, Verneri Pohjola, Mona Ratalahti, Pentti Saaritsa, Mayu Saaritsa, Hannu Salama & Vapaat Radikaalit, Timo Salo, Sanakuva-kollektiivi: Heikki Saure, Reetta Kinnari & Meri-Tuuli Risberg, Anja Snellman & Jukka Orma, Terhi Syrjänen, Pauli Tapio, Olli-Pekka Tennilä, Arja Tiainen, Torin runoilijat: Janette Hannukainen, Aino Huusko, Kirsti Kuronen,Tiina Poutanen, Sanna Rämö, Leena Sainio, Sauli Salomaa, Luisa Claudia Sovijärvi & Tuija Välipakka, Sirkka Turkka, Tursaswarrior, Juha Valkeapää, Johanna Venho and Adriana & Helmi.