26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

As museums worldwide are increasingly pressured to return cultural property, co-directors Suvi West and Anssi Komi carry us through the remarkably intricate and emotional depths of the repatriation of Indigenous cultural and spiritual property to their homelands. The camera follows West as she visits Sámi artifacts housed in a Helsinki museum as they are prepared for their long-awaited return to Sápmi, the Sámi nation in northern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia. Sámi (and countless other Indigenous nations) relics are scattered worldwide in different institutions, seized or claimed over the centuries as curios for trade or as part of the aggressive Christianization that demonized Sámi culture Enhanced by the beautiful cinematography of co-director Kömi, Homecoming richly shares how personal identity, cultural value, and restorative justice can be intrinsically woven together and raises the important question of who has the right to a nation’s spiritual heritage.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Suvi West, Anssi Kömi
Script: Suvi West
Cinematography: Anssi Kömi
Editing: Hanna Kuirinlahti
Sound: Frode Hvatum
Music: Georg Buljo
Production: Vaski Filmi
Producers: Janne Niskala
Co-producers: Johanna Dorothea Raita, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Finland, Norway
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 77'
Contact: Finnish Film Foundation
Awards/Distinctions: Honorary Mention Award – Göteborg IFF 2024

Suvi West


2015 Me and My Little Sister
2017 Under Two Skies (short, co-direction)
2021 Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle (co-direction)
2023 Homecoming (co-direction)

Anssi Kömi


2017 Under Two Skies (short, co-direction)
2021 Eatnameamet – Our Silent Struggle (co-direction)
2023 Homecoming (co-direction)