They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains is a short film and moving image installation. It brings historical context to the present refugee situation and presents a different perspective of Finnish history, making Northern Finland visible as a place that people have both escaped from and sought shelter in.

In the latter half of 2015, 30,000 asylum seekers, mainly from Iraq, crossed the border from Haparanda, Sweden to Tornio. However, less than one hundred years ago, the stream of refugees flowed in the opposite direction as 56,000 Finns fled to Sweden across the same border during September and October 1944.

They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains will premiere at the Turku Art Biennale in November 2017.

Written and directed by Minna Rainio & Mark Roberts -
Produced by Flatlight Creative House -

Currently in production for release in 2017.

They Came in Crowded Boats and Trains
single-screen video


written & directed by
minna rainio & mark roberts

produced by
Flatlight Creative House