Eight Rooms

Minna Rainio

The installation deals with the trafficking of women as a part of the international sex trade. It consists of eight synchronized projections that encircle the audience. Each projection shows an empty, untidy hotel room. A cleaner moves from one room to another, tidying them up. With each room, a narrator describes the experiences of the trafficked women. The stories are based on interviews and studies of prostitution and sex trafficking. As the viewer turns to follow the narrative, the rooms behind them become again untidy. The cleaner continues her endless round.

Production Year
2008
Duration
00:16:45
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Kahdeksan huonetta
Finnish Title
Kahdeksan huonetta
English Title
Eight Rooms
Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Yes
Cast
Minna Rainio (Author), Mark Roberts (Author), Minna Rainio (Director), Mark Roberts (Director), VIRTA productions (Producer), Valotalo productions (Producer), Ville Hyvönen (Producer), Mark Roberts (Script), Minna Rainio (Script), Riitta Elstelä (Actor), Tuomas Järvelä (Camera), POEM (Funder), Taiteen keskustoimikunta (Funder), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Nadja Leinonen (Narrator), Petri Kuljuntausta (Sound Design)
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Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts create short films and moving image installations that combine aspects of documentary and fiction filmmaking. Their new short film “To Teach a Bird to Fly” (2020) looks at climate change and bird extinction. Rainio and Roberts’s films have been widely exhibited in Finland, Europe, the United States and South America, and have been shown in the official selections of numerous international film festivals.