'Til Death Do Us Part

This documentary is made in honor of my grandparents Eeva and Erkki and the love that lasted a lifetime.

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The documentary has been awarded in the Finnish Press Photos 2016 Competition and in College Photographer of the Year 2016 'Individual Multimedia Story or Essay - Standalone' category.

       
     
Alone Together

"If you just sit alone at home, it can lead to falling back into your old habits."

In a neighbourhood called Hipposkylä, in Tampere Finland, 98% of the residents live alone. Behind the windows of the small apartments one can find stories that are very similar to each other: old men who have lost their families and suffer from alcoholism.

In the heart of the residential area there's a community house Hippostupa which offers a place to these men to be together and get support. For some of the men the workers and visitors of Hippostupa are the closest family they have left.

Soon this family may be torn apart due to the reconstruction of the Hipposkylä area.

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The documentary has been awarded in the ’Multimedia Project - Small Team or Individual’ category in College Photographer of the Year 2016.

The documentary has been exhibited in LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism 2016, Crossover Web Documentary Festival 2016, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017 and Backlight Photo Festival 2017.

       
     
Everything for family

Karen, a retired Danish woman, finds love in a Syrian-Iraqi family. The Abdulhamid family fled Syria to seek refuge in Denmark but found themselves torn apart by Danish immigration policies. Karen does everything she can to help the family in the hope that they can stay together.

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In 2007, the Danish Parliament contracted the Danish Immigration Service to provide financial support for any Iraqi refugees who wished to voluntarily return to Iraq. As stated in the contract there would be 'no possibility for forced removal'.*

In 2008, the three, northern Iraqi provinces of Erbil, Dhuk and Saluymaniyah were since deemed safe and the Danish government consequently began the process of forced removal of Iraq refugees back to these provinces.

The following year, in 2009, the Danish government signed a readmission agreement with Iraq stating that all areas of Iraq were safe for Iraqi refugees to return and they began forced removals of any refugees deemed not lack 'compelling humanitarian needs justifying prolongation of their stay in Denmark.’

"IV. Iraqis who have no protection or compelling humanitarian needs justifying prolongation of their stay in Denmark, but who nevertheless, continue to refuse to avail themselves of the option of voluntary return may be ordered to leave Denmark as an option of last resort. The return process of such persons will be phased, orderly and humane."*

The percentage of successful Iraqi Asylum seeking cases in Denmark decreased from 47% in 2009 to just 11% in 2014.**

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* Quoted from 'The Immigration and Integration Policy 2008-2009: Annex 146. Public.'
**The most up to date statistics as provided by Ny I Danmark.

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The documentary has been awarded in the ’Multimedia Project - Small Team or Individual’ category in College Photographer of the Year 2016.

The documentary has been exhibited in Crossover Web Documentary Festival 2016.