a documentary by Mervi Junkkonen

photo by Mervi Junkkonen


The Film

Jarno was addicted to drugs and alcohol and struggling with depression. He was also well-known to police because of his graffiti hobby. Then everything changed three years ago, when Jarno converted to Islam. His new Muslim name became Uthman. The film tells the story of a young man balancing between his old and new identities.

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Documentary, 28 minutes, 2009

Director and script writer: Mervi Junkkonen
Cinematographers: Mervi Junkkonen and
Jani Kumpulainen
Editor: Hanna Asunta and Mervi Junkkonen
Music: Girilal Baars
Sound design: Anssi Tamminen
Production: Sami Jahnukainen/Mouka Filmi Oy
With the support of YLE TV1 Tositarina

The Music

Using a beat up saz and guitar, I wrote some music intended to convey the journey of the main character, but also the state of grace. And then there was this one scene that called for something heavier...