Two short documentary films by Jan Ijäs, Waste no. 1 Money (2017) and Waste no. 3 Boom (2017) are screened this spring at Kyiv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine) and Trento Film Festival (Italy).
Waste no. 1 Money is selected in the international competition of Kyiv International Short Film Festival, held in Ukraine from 25.–29.4.2018 The film is included in the competition programme “Around the World“, screened on Friday, April 27, at 20:00.
Inflation has resulted in the Zimbabwe dollar completely losing its value. Banknotes are literally recyclable goods, turned into tablecloths and lampshades, for example. In the Harare slums, which are rife with crime, valuable US dollar banknotes must be concealed in clothing, which means that the notes quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria. According to money launderers, dollar bills can best be gently hand washed with Omo detergent in warm water.
Boom was shot in Kittilä in northern Finland, in a ‘lunar landscape’ on top of a hill where the Finnish armed forces annually disposes of expired explosives. Calculations show that detonation is the least expensive method of disposal. During a weeklong camp a total of 1.2 million kg of explosives are destroyed. The explosion safety area is seven kilometres. The explosion produces a mushroom cloud that reaches up to the lowers clouds and creates a crater about ten metres deep and thirty metres across.
Media artist and filmmaker Jan Ijäs lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Ijäs works with documentary, fiction and alternative film. The films of Ijäs deal with serious and difficult social themes, like migration into foreign and hostile societies. Ijäs’s films have been shown very widely abroad by over a hundred film festivals and as installations in museums and galleries.
Kyiv International Short Film Festival, 25.–29.4.2018, Kyiv, Ukraine
Trento Film Festival, 26.4.–6.5.2018, Trento, Italy