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 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
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Dancer: Olivia
Shot by: Seija Hirstiö & Pinya Leona
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer: 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 strict religious cult to 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
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Video & photo archives: Inari Heikkilä
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer: 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 done for our Scraps of Hope -production, combining research & documentarism. 2016 / ENGLISH
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer and researcher: Scraps of Hope
BECAUSE YOU ARE A WOMAN
A poem turned into a song called ”Dosa – Sin”. Danced by Indonesian activist, researcher, poet and dancer Zubaidah Djohar. Part of our Scraps of Hope -production´s  videos, combining research and documentarism. 2016 / ENGLISH
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö, Marjaana Jauhola
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Engl. translation of a poem: Heather Curnow
Vocal/recorder: Rita
Producer: Scraps of Hope
GUARDED BY THEIR MINDS
Dissociation disorder has to be recognized by all people working with children in difficult situations. Inari, Kaisa and Miranna told their stories to the magazine of Save the Children, Finland. 2016
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Videos by: Inari, Kaisa, Miranna
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer: Save the Children, Finland and Seija Hirstiö
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
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: 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
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer: Save the Children, Finland 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. 2103
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Violin: Kira Vuorio
Models: Petra Hirstiö, Lilja Kanerva, Essi Tolonen, Jouni Piekkari
Producer: Mai Niemi and Seija Hirstiö
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, technomusic, visiting temples, hair shaving and piercing; all of those present at the same time! They wish to help their families in struggles by doing this. 2013
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
ETHICAL BANKING IS AN OPTION
Already common elsewhere in the world, Finns would need support for kind of projects and businesses that are left outside the traditional banks´interest. 2012
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Animations: Marja Siira
Producer: Pankki 2.0 group and Seija Hirstiö
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 life. 2011 / ENGLISH
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Shot by: Laura Smith, Jutta George
Editing: Laura Smith
Directing: Seija Hirstiö
Producer: Tampere University of Applied Science and Seija Hirstiö
DUENDE – FINNISH FLAMENCO
Sinikka Vainio, Toni Jokiniitty ja Elina Pesonen come from the country of Silence, Finland. How has it affected their inspiration for performing Flamenco thru dance, guitar and drumming? This is a trailer of longer documentary. My credits come to script writing and producing with Tampere University of Applied Sciences. 2010
ROSA LIKSOM
This video of writer and artist Rosa Liksom was made in the nineties! It´s mixture of fictional scenes, her earlier 8mm films and documentary stuff. 1991
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Shot by: Seija Hirstiö
Editing: Seija Hirstiö
Styling: Mia Wallenius
Producer: The Union of Finnish Writers and Seija Hirstiö

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Seija Hirstiö

seija@heartwavesdesign.com