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Leaving Africa


Finnish doctor Riitta has been working in Uganda for more than 25 years. Together with her Ugandan friend Catherine, she brings sex education to Ugandan villages, challenging priests, imams, women and their husbands to discussions on women’s rights to their bodies, sexuality and life. In ultra-conservative Uganda, this soon leads to serious complications, jeopardizing their entire life’s work. This is a film about the quest for gender equality in Africa and the world’s greatest challenge – mitigating the population explosion.


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    Combining its important sociological message with compelling human drama, Leaving Africa offers a deeply personal view of Uganda's continuing policy of sexual oppression directed toward women and homosexuals.
  • POV Magazine
    Leaving Africa is a powerful film that deals sensitively with these volatile issues.
  • Video Librarian
    A powerful portrait of a pair of strong-willed women trying to create positive social change in an extremely negative environment, this is recommended.

Festival Participation

  • Hot Docs Toronto, Canada - 2015
  • Doc Point Helsinki, Finland - 2015
    Audience Award Winner
  • Festival SiciliAmbiente, Italy - 2015
    Best Documentary Winner
  • Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia - 2015
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK - 2015
  • Leeds International Film Festival, UK - 2015
  • Moscow International Film Festival - 2015
  • Reykjavik
  • Antenna DFF

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