Project Description


Environmental expert Istaahil (Sophia Wekesa) is preparing for an interview amidst morning hustle. NGO boss Sanna (Meri Nenonen) seems positive towards Istaahil’s application, but soon it appears that Sanna is more interested in Istaahil’s ‘exotic’ background than her skills. Dream Job is written by Maryan Abdulkarim and directed by Tine Alavi, and it is part of the film anthology Force of Habit.

Directed by: Tine Alavi
Screenplay by: Maryan Abdulkarim
Produced by: Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films
Co-produced by: Farima Karimi & Siri Hjorton Wagner, [sic] film
Cinematography by: Shazi Özdemir
Production design by: Katariina Kapi
Costume design by: Roosa Marttiini
Make-up design by: Kaisu Hölttä
Editing by: Katja Pällijeff
Sound design by: Lotta Mäki


Istaahil: Sophia Wekesa
Sanna: Meri Nenonen
Mikko: Santeri Helinheimo-Mäntylä
Bilaal: Deogracias Masomi
Sami: Ville Mäkinen

Country of production: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 12:22
Domestic content rating: S (for all ages)

When I was writing Dream Job, I was inspired by real events. This project enabled me to make visible the reality that is commonplace on one hand and invisible on the other, depending on the individual’s status in the society. The progress of equality can be partly measured in the possibility, or lack thereof, to be self-sufficient.

Maryan Abdulkarim, screenwriter

The film is about situations of power and oppression, a story that explores the intersections of experiences with particular focus on experiences of sexism and racism. The film captures the commonplace experience of a woman, a black muslim woman, Istaahil. Istaahil’s experience on this particular day is captured to tell a story of racism in the Finnish workplace. How a black muslim woman in Finland is perceived by others and how that in return is felt by a black muslim woman.

Tine Alavi, director

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