Archive of films Francis / Francis
2015, 30 min
Section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow
For nine wage laborers, the Swedish forest becomes a trap. Working conditions are less than ideal and the money they earn can’t even pay for a ticket home to Africa. Francis has had enough of this lousy treatment, and he tries to solve the situation in any way he can – even at the cost of losing his personal honor and the friendship of his fellow Africans.
Nine African men labor hard in the middle of a Swedish forest, having left their families under the delusion of good wages and set out for what seemed like a better future. But it turns out that the pay is so small they can’t even afford the trip home and the “promised land” becomes a trap. Francis would like to solve the situation in good faith, but after the management rejects his pleas he is forced to find another way out. The consequences of his actions set in motion a chilling tale which unfolds among the community of forest workers, a drama whose theme is nothing less than the struggle to preserve personal honor or tackle racism and one’s own greed.
About the director
Ahmed Abdullahi was born in Somalia and grew up in Umeå, Sweden. After first studying film at Sundbyberg People’s High School, he was admitted in 2012 to study direction at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating in 2015. His short film Proposition (2014) won the prize for best script at the festival in Stockholm. He co-directed the documentary I Am Dublin (2015), screened at numerous international festivals, Prague’s One World included.
About the film
|Section:||Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow|
|Screenplay:||Kristoffer Malmsten, Maja Winkler|
|Dir. of Photography:||Johan Hannu|
|Music:||Rickard Age, Fredrik Wictorsson|
|Art Director:||Molly Carlzon|
|Producer:||Eliza Jones, Markus Waltå|
|Production:||Grand Slam Filmproduktion AB|
|Coproduction:||Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Film Västernorrland, Gangsters AB, Ljud och Bildmedia|
|Cast:||Suleiman Rimi, Jean Claude Boeke, Pontus Ströbaek|
|Contact:||Swedish Film Institute|