Private Project

Doctor DJ

During the curfew, Anna and her husband Andros are trapped in their apartment. Anna tries to prevent her husband, a photographer, not to make a risky adventure. Andros doesn’t listen – and gets killed. Later Anna does her own adventure. A short movie about love, death and the irresistible desire to expose oneself to danger even in the most hazardous situations.

[In Finnish:
Anna ja miehensä Andros ovat jumissa asunnossaan ulkonaliikkumiskiellon takia. Anna yrittää estää valokuvaajamiestään lähtemästä vaaralliselle retkelle. Andros ei kuuntele – ja kuolee. Myöhemmin myös Anna päättää altistaa itsensä vaaralle. Doctor DJ on lyhytelokuva, joka kertoo rakkaudesta, kuolemasta ja ihmisen vastustamattomasta halusta laittaa itsensä likoon mitä vaarallisimmissakin tilanteissa.]

  • Hassan Blasim
  • Hassan Blasim
  • Anna Kankila
    Key Cast
  • Antti Mankonen
    Key Cast
  • Lasse Poser
  • Andrea Zapata-Girau
  • Staffan Södergård
    Music and Sound Design
  • Lasse Poser
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    14 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
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    English, Finnish
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Director Biography - Hassan Blasim

Hassan Blasim (b. 1973) is an Iraqi writer, poet, and filmmaker who is currently living in Helsinki, Finland. Born in Baghdad, he studied at the city’s Academy of Cinematic Arts where two of his screenplays won the Academy’s Festival Prize for Best Work. In 1998 he was advised by his tutors to leave Baghdad, since the political and critical nature of his films was drawing attention from Saddam’s informants at the Academy. After fleeing and travelling through Europe as a refugee, he settled in Finland in 2004. His debut collection of short stories, The Madman of Freedom Square (Comma Press, 2009), was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. His second collection, The Iraqi Christ (Comma Press, 2013), won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2014.

Blasim’s writing has been translated into over 20 languages to date. He has been described by the Guardian as “perhaps the greatest writer of Arab fiction alive”. His debut novel, Allah99, was published in 2020.

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Director Statement

There are times when we are threatened. Threatened by an ideology. Threatened in the form of jealousy. How do we behave in those difficult times? How do we act to the best of our abilities, when we are surrounded by hostile powers?