They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains

Mark Roberts

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.

Production Year
2018
Duration
00:19:48
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains
English Title

They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Mark Roberts (Author), Minna Rainio (Author), Ilmari Mannermaa (Cinematographer), Janne Airaksinen (Composer), Mark Roberts (Director), Minna Rainio (Director), Jani Johansén (Editor), Heikki Illikainen (Sound Design), Osama Al-Taie (Actor), Sofie Abdi (Actor), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), TAIKE (Funder), Kone Foundation (Funder), Alfred Kordelin Foundation (Funder), Rovaniemen kylien kehittämissäätiö (Funder), Raad Harith (Narrator), Maria Gullsten (Producer), Flatlight Creative House (Production Company), Pia Puntola (Production Manager), Hanna-Maija Paronen (Production Manager)
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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.