Refugees from Finland and Iraq struggle across geographical and temporal borders on a journey to find safety. The film interweaves the stories of Finnish refugees during the World War II with the journeys of refugees from Iraq who travelled to Finland in the present day. The division between us and them, the past and the present, becomes blurred.
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English title / They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains
Original title / They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains
Keywords / migration, refugees, culture, Second World War, Lapland, crises, border crossing
Type / Single channel
Genre / political commentary, documentary
Country / Finland
Picture ratio / 2,35:1
Duration / 00:19:48
Language / English, Arabic
Sound format / Stereo
Year / 2017
Cast / Ilmari Mannermaa (Cinematographer), Janne Airaksinen (Composer), Minna Rainio (Director), Mark Roberts (Director), Jani Johansén (Editor), Osama Al-Taie (Actor), Sofie Abdi (Actor), Rovaniemen kylien kehittämissäätiö / - (Funder), Alfred Kordelin Foundation / - (Funder), TAIKE / - (Funder), Kone Foundation / - (Funder), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture / - (Funder), Raad Harith (Narrator), Maria Gullsten (Producer), Pia Puntola (Production Manager), Hanna-Maija Paronen (Production Manager), Minna Rainio (Author), Mark Roberts (Author), Heikki Illikainen (Sound Design)