Poetry’s Coming Home - A Documentary on the Annikki Poetry Festival


Aimo Hyvärinen

Poetry’s Coming Home – A Documentary on the Annikki Poetry Festival has been directed by Aimo Hyvärinen. He is a versatile, award-winning documentary director, media artist, producer and photographer living in Tampere, Finland. Having started his career in the 1980s, he has directed about twenty documentary films. His documentaries and video works have been broadcast on TV and screened at festivals in various countries.

Hyvärinen has held several exhibitions of his own both in Finland and abroad. His photographs were last displayed at the Finnish Museum of Photography’s Does it feel familiar? – Photographs of everyday life in Finland exhibition. Hyvärinen has also acted as a higher-education teacher of media production and as a visiting lecturer at a number of foreign universities. Contact: contact at poetryscominghome dot com

Making of the Documentary

“I got access to more than 100 hours of video materials in various formats, starting from the first poetry festival in 2003. Digitising the materials was a big job that completely filled the hard drive on my computer. Some of the materials were on VHS tapes, and some video materials had already been lost.

There was a huge amount of good and interesting materials, and choosing what to include in the film was pretty tough. My goal was to make a film that is as interesting and funny as possible. I also felt that this process allowed me to explore the essence of poetry.

Documenting the preparations for the 2018 Annikki Poetry Festival was also interesting because I am an image hunter by nature. I hunt situations with my camera instead of arranging them. I’m just there filming and then see afterwards what I caught. It was great to be involved in grass-root level work behind the camera for almost a year.

What surprised me in the process of making Poetry’s Coming Home was the high quality of the performers throughout the years. It was really heavy stuff. This series of festivals spanning a period of fifteen years is a real contribution to culture – true cultural madness at its best! The documentary continues the shoestring budget approach that I have been applying in my productions for a long time. This is also well in keeping with the volunteer nature of the event depicted in the documentary.”