They were children when they left, dreaming of a life without worry: freedom and wealth. But what awaited them was a nightmare. One of them began to change, leading him to commit a lethal knife attack in Turku.
By following the lives of two of the attacker’s friends, the film delves into the experiences of an entire generation of young Moroccan men who feel like they do not belong anywhere. While their families push them to travel to Europe to find a better life, Europe casts them out.
DIRECTORS: Khalid Laboudi, Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen SCRIPT: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen, Khalid Laboudi CINEMATOGRAPHY: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen SOUND: Huldar Freyr Arnarson EDITING: Inka Lahti MUSIC: Tuomas Nikkinen CO-PRODUCER: Karim Aitouna / France PRODUCER: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen PRODUCTION COMPANY: Zone2 Pictures
Before entering into the field of documentary filmmaking, Khalid Laboudi studied law in Morocco. After craduating from Educatel, Casablanca in 2003, he has worked in film and TV productions in various positions, including directing and cinematography. After moving to Finland in 2012, he has worked as the Head of Investments in one of the Finland's most established documentary production companies, Illume. Broken Dreamland, produced by Zone2 Pictures, is his first feature documentary as a co-director and co-writer.
Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen studied philosophy and journalism before receiving his BA in cinematography from ELO Film School in 2003. Since 2000, he has worked in the Finnish film industry in various positions: cinematographer, producer, screenwriter and director.