Shadow of the Holy Book
Original title: Pyhän kirjan varjo
English title: Shadow of the Holy Book
Script: Arto Halonen, Kevin Frazier
Photography: Hannu Vitikainen, Arto Halonen
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Sound: Martti Turunen, Samu Heikkilä
Production: Arto Halonen / Art Films Production AFP Oy
Turkmenistan is a closed dictatorship with great oil and gas reserves. The now deceased dictator Saparmurat Niyazov wrote the Ruhnama, also known as The Book of the Soul, as guidance and law for his citizens. Ruhnama restricts freedom of speech as well as human rights and, despite the dictator’s death, the book is still a significant influence in the country.
- Nomination for the Best European Documentary Prix Arte Award, European Film Academy 2008
- Special Prize of the Jury, Batumi International Film Festival 2008
One hopes documentary ethics will not fade in the remaking of its art. In Finland there is less likelihood of losing this dimension of empathy, as it remains part of a self-conscious modesty, and of filmmakers' sense of how they bring people's experiences to light.
- Gabriel Paletz, Documentary Magazine