No Road Home

Charles, the protagonist of this reflective documentary by Markku Heikkinen, lives in the city of Kajaani in the heart of central Finland. Children often shout at him in the street, and he has even received death threats to his own doorstep. But Charles, who has a gentle disposition, won’t let these adversities discourage him. He has decided to survive, and he is proud of his children who are growing up as Finns. He is also proud of his job: “It felt good when I got my first salary. By paying taxes I can give something back for the good things Finland has given me.”

Charles was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but the bloody tribal wars that broke out in the beginning of the 90s drove the country’s Tutsi population either to their deaths or into exile into the neighbouring country, Rwanda. In the documentary we follow Charles as he travels to Rwanda to meet friends and family. However, the reunion is not all pleasant: his mother lives in a gloomy refugee camp.

Charles’s dream is to open a school in his home region of Masisi in the Congo. But first, a road, and peace, should be built.

During the journey, on the soundtrack of the documentary, Charles “writes” to his daughter. He speaks of his feelings and of his own history: “My heart is in Congo and with you, Nadine”, he says.
Jaana Semeri (Translation: Ulrika Sundelin)

Language: French, Kinyarwanda, Finnish
Subtitles: English

After both screenings there will be a Q&A with the director Markku Heikkinen and the producer Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen.

  • Name in Original Language: Ei tietä kotiin
  • Director: Markku Heikkinen
  • Country: Finland
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 62 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Production: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen / Zone2 Pictures Oy


  • Savoy-teatteri: Thu. 1.2. klo 17.30
  • Kinopalatsi 1: Sat. 3.2. klo 13.30