Refugee Unknown follows stand up comedian Ali Jahangiri as he travels with the refugees through Europe. Ali Jahangiri arrived from Iran to Finland as a refugee himself when he was a child. Now he wanted to see what the refugees' journey through Europe is like today. The encounters along the route across the continent form a cinematic experience that does not obtrude interpretation, information or victim images. Instead the documentary draws a picture of human beings, whose dreams and fears are essentially the same everywhere. Ali Jahangiri’s spontaneous and easygoing approach with people and director Hamy Ramezan’s long unmanipulated scenes give the audience a chance to create an authentic contact. The film evokes the question: Could that be me?
Hamy Ramezan is a Finnish-Iranian film director and screenwriter. Having fled persecution in Iran, and survived Yugoslav refugee camps as a young boy, Ramezan and his family arrived in Finland in 1990. He graduated from the film school at UCA, Franham in 2007 and has since completed several short and documentary films. Ramezan won Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, Oscar-qualifying the short film Listen(Kuuntele, 2014, co-directed/co-written with Rungano Nyoni). His work has also been nominated for the European Film Awards (2015). Ramezan has currently in development his first feature fiction film.