Videos, documentaries, stories of struggles and inspiration!

 

Heartwaves Design is my channel for sharing stories and it is slowly transforming itself into a bigger network of storytellers. My idea has been to empower people with media, to give them a chance to tell about their struggles and achievements. To be heard and seen.

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DISSOCIATION DISORDER IS A RESULT OF A TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD

Dissociation.fi
is a new community of trauma & dissociation disorder survivors. We made a book Five women, hundred lives together and are about to start a new story collection: Hundred stories of trauma survivors. We have a printed book and VOB (videos on book) digital book with 12 videos! This is one of the VOB videos. 2016
Credits
Dancer: Olivia
Camera: Seija Hirstiö & Pinya Leona
Script: Olivia & Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Production: Dissociation.fi and VOB Publisher
TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES ARE HARD TO DEAL WITH

Inari´s life story is one of struggle and also of great strength; leaving a strict religious cult to a children´s home to being an energetic mother and skydiving teacher. Following with years of hospital stay and becoming a survivor with new hope. One of the dissociation.fi videos in the VOB. 2016
Credits
Video & photo archives: Inari Heikkilä
Script, editing: Seija Hirstiö
Production: Dissociation.fi and VOB Publisher
PEACE FOR WHOM – ASKS THE POET

Video poem by Indonesian activist, researcher, poet and dancer Zubaidah Djohar. What is the life like in Aceh, after Tsunami, after war and after peace negotiations? (by Martti Ahtisaari). One of 10 videos produced for our Scraps of Hope -project, combining research & documentaries. 2016 / ENGLISH
Credits
Script, camera: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Researcher collaboration: Marjaana Jauhola
Production: Scraps of Hope -project
BECAUSE YOU ARE A WOMAN
A poem turned into a song called ”Dosa – Sin”. Performed by Indonesian activist, researcher, poet and dancer Zubaidah Djohar. Part of our Scraps of Hope -production´s  videos, combining research and documentaries. 2016 / ENGLISH
Credits
Camera: Seija Hirstiö, Marjaana Jauhola
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Engl. translation of a poem: Heather Curnow
Vocal/recorder: Rita
Researcher collaboration: Marjaana Jauhola
Production: Scraps of Hope -project
FOOD – TOO MUCH TO DIGEST
“I found myself repeatedly with an empty fridge. A child inclusive this is not a good combination. I thought it might help if I felt good about food and maybe even started enjoying it. There are many sides to eating problems. This is my attempt to take a look at them in my life.” Longer documentary starring myself and my daughter. 2015  / ENGLISH
Credits
Script, camera, editing, sound: Seija Hirstiö
Production: Seija Hirstiö and Keuda
FUTURE AFRICA THROUGH EYES OF YOUNG STUDENTS
Can entrepreneurship change Namibia? What can future Africa look like if young people can put their ideas into practice? Business students in the Plemjive collective and artists in the Cabinet Reshuffle collective share their lives. 2011 / ENGLISH
Credits
Script, directing, sound: Seija Hirstiö
Camera: Laura Smith, Jutta George
Editing: Laura Smith
Production: Tampere University of Applied Science and Seija Hirstiö
MAI NIEMI FINNISH FAIRYTALE FASHION
Mai Niemi is a Finnish designer, who is inspired by ancient Finnish culture. Finnish Fairytale is genuine and natural: one size fashion for modern goddesses, City Shamans -and fairies. 2013
Credits
Script, camera: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Violin: Kira Vuorio
Models: Petra Hirstiö, Lilja Kanerva, Essi Tolonen, Jouni Piekkari
Production: Mai Niemi and Seija Hirstiö
FATHER LIVING IN POVERTY
What else is poverty but lack of money? Mathias Rosenlund, writer from Finland shares his experiences as a poor father and with low self-esteem. 2014
Credits
Script, shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Production: Save the Children, Finland and Seija Hirstiö
DUENDE – FINNISH FLAMENCO / TRAILER
Sinikka Vainio, Toni Jokiniitty ja Elina Pesonen come from the country of Silence, Finland. How has it affected their inspiration for performing Flamenco through dance, guitar and drumming? This is a trailer for a longer documentary. 2010
My credits are script writing and production with Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
THAIPUSAM FESTIVAL IS A RITUAL FOR PURIFICATION
In Penang, Malaysia Hindus celebrate their annual Thaipusam festival to purify their minds and bodies. There is great feeling of love, techno-music, visiting temples, hair shaving and piercing; all of those present at the same time! They wish to help their families through struggles by doing this. 2013
Credits
Camera: Seija Hirstiö for a travel blog
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
ETHICAL BANKING IS AN OPTION
Already common elsewhere in the world, Finns would need support for projects and businesses that are left outside the traditional banks´interest. 2012
Credits
Camera: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Animations: Marja Siira
Script & production: Pankki 2.0 group and Seija Hirstiö
ROSA LIKSOM
This video of Finnish, but very international writer and artist Rosa Liksom was made in the nineties! It´s a mixture of documentary stuff, fictional scenes & her earlier 8mm films. 1991
Credits
Script, camera: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Styling: Mia Wallenius
Production: The Union of Finnish Writers and Seija Hirstiö

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Seija Hirstiö

seija@heartwavesdesign.com