Cristal Alakoski

Cinematographer & Director

When the war was over, it was talked about in dreams which they wanted to forget. This documentary film brings forth the dreams of people who live and who have passed away. After 70 years, old people are still seeing dreams of their past. This hybrid documentary reaches into the fading reality that continues to live within us. The film is based on interviews and written sources of Finns who witnessed the Second World War. The restored archive film material is unique and has never been presented before.

Festival screenings

  • 2015: Kino Ylläs (Ylläs, Finland)
  • 2015: Artova Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2015: Helsinki Short Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2015: Tampere Human Rights Film Festival (Tampere, Finland)
  • 2015: Maailmanselitysfestivaali (Eno, Finland)
  • 2016: DocPoint (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2016: Rakkautta & Anarkiaa (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2017: Minimalen Short Film Festival (Trondheim, Norway)
  • 2017: Tammifest (Espoo, Finland)
  • 2017: Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival (Szeged, Hungary)
  • 2018: Parkkino (Pargas, Finland)


  • 2015: Social responsibility of psychiatrists (Psykiatrien sosiaalinen vastuu) (Finland)
  • 2015: Art & psychoanalysis (Taide & psykoanalyysi) (Finland)
  • 2016: National crisis and trauma conference (Valtakunnallinen kriisi- ja traumakonferenssi) (Helsinki, Finland)

Awards & Nominations

Uni Sodasta won the best student film award at the Helsinki Short Film Festival in 2015.

Uni Sodasta was also nominated for Best Nordic Documentary at the Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway (2017) and for Best Short Film at the Zsigmond Vilmos Film Festival in Szeged, Hungary (2017).

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