Hamza, a foreign student in Helsinki is considering accepting an assistant position in Australia after graduation. Since this might be his last year in Helsinki, Hamza decides to spend his vacations here while his friends travel abroad for the summer.
As Hamza drifts in the city, observing its sights and sounds while mulling over his next move in life he comes across strangers who are on a similar quest. This summer, Hamza encounters an elderly man from his neighborhood who thinks his dog is racist, a man from Turku who has come to Helsinki for a vacation, and a massage therapist who has not taken a vacation in three years due to a curse.
DIRECTOR: Uzair Amjad SCRIPTWRITER: Uzair Amjad CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kerttu Hakkarainen EDITING: Jojo Erholtz PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ki, Reeta Tuoresmäki SOUND DESIGN: Toni Teivaala COSTUME DESIGN: Mirei Kato MAKE-UP DESIGN: Heidi Huovinen CAST: Harold Hejazi, Denisa Snyder, Samuel Kujala, Jussi Lankoski, Jorma Kokkonen, Anastasia Trizna PRODUCERS: Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki PRODUCTION COMPANY: Aamu Film Company FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Raina Films
Uzair Amjad is a Pakistani filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Helsinki. He holds an MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Arts from Aalto University, Finland. Amjad's filmmaking is influenced by his original training in image-making and by oral traditions of storytelling. Amjad’s first short film, Paper Promises (2020), was screened at the Helsinki International Film Festival, where it also received the audience award, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and other festivals.
Advisor / International Promotion and Cultural Export of Short Films
• festival distribution strategy for short films and short documentary films
• travel, project and material and marketing support for short films and short documentary films
• monthly short film screenings at Kino K13
• curating short film programmes