Dear Nadine is a father’s letter to his 11-year-old daughter. Nadine has grown to be a Finnish girl whereas his father Charles is a Congolese refugee in Finland.
In the film Charles travels to see his family and shares his life story to Nadine, who will probably never see the magnificent forrests of Kongo or Charles’ family who still live in refugee camp in Rwanda. Charles wants Nadine to know what happened in Kongo and how the life in Finland is for him.
After escaping the war Charles still has a wrong language and wrong kind of a nose, both in Kongo and in Finland. Charles has made a decision and tries to find a purpose in life as a refugee. Even the Tutsi has a right for a good life when the world has forgotten them. Dear nadine is a father’s way to communicate to his daughter with whom he doesn’t share a common language.
Personal letter builds up to be a story of refugee’s place in the world, meaning of language, absurdity of violence and more importantly it becomes a story about hope for the future.