Leaving Africa

Iiris Härmä
| Finland, Uganda
| 2015
| 84 min

Riitta and Catherine are self confessed ‘old crows’, with a friendship that has spanned decades. Filmmaker Iiris Harma observes the two strong, independent women, capturing both hilarious and intimate moments. Working for an NGO that promotes sex education and female empowerment, both women surprise, talking with unexpected candour on subjects such as the sensitivity of a woman’s clitoris to a class of embarrassed young men and delighted women. As Riitta prepares to return to her homeland after 25 years, an anonymous accusation threatens to bring about an ignominious end to everything they’ve worked so hard to build. Leaving Africa is a tender, funny, and affectionate film about the power of friendship in the face of adversity.

Iiris Härmä
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