Kiti Luostarinen

was born in Kiuruvesi, Finland. She has Bachelor of Arts degree of the University of Helsinki (education, sociology, social psychology, esthetics). From 1978 through 1981 she worked as photographer and graphic designer. Through photographing she became interested in film-making. Since 1990 Kiti Luostarinen has been independent documentary filmmaker.


«After the Rain», 1992; «Tell Me What You Saw», 1993; «Gracious Curves», 1997; «The One and Only - Tales of Love», 1999; «The Face of Death», 2003; «Palna's Daughters», 2007.

Palna's Daughters (0+)

Finland, 2007, 69 min.
Director: Kiti Luostarinen
A film about memory, identity and the overwhelming power of love.
«Mommy, you have to eat a lot of chocolate so you'll become the same color as me, a pretty brown». One-year-old Devi was found starving at a railway station in Delhi. The police took her to Palna, an orphanage, where she lived for a year. «Then two people with white faces came to play with me, and after three days I understood that they would be my mommy and daddy». When Devi learned to Short talk she often wanted to talk about Amma, her first mother. «Amma mommy was sick and couldn't take care of me. But she did hold me».
In the film, the 6-year-old Devi journeys to her own past, as her family adopts another daughter from Palna, a baby sister for Devi. «I used to live in Palna, too. I wasn't bought from a store».


Risto Jarva Prize, Tampere International Short Film Festival Documentary.

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