Ride of Passage
In secret, on the outskirts of the city, hundreds of teenage boys gather and show off on their mopeds and motocross bikes. The summer night is filled with the noise and smoke of straining motors, all against a dark, silent backdrop of looming pines. All you need to belong is a two-wheeler of your own. The riders are just a step away from adulthood. They are living their last moments of freedom, the future already in sight. These secret moped meeting gatherings are popular and widespread throughout Finland, organised and spread through social media.
Katri Myllyniemi Katri (n. 1979) is a Finnish screenwriter and director originally from the small town of Ylöjärvi. She is currently finishing her screenwriting and directing master studies at Aalto University. Both fiction and fact are close to her heart and the best stories can be found in between. She dreams living in countryside with her family where she could just write, ride a moped and get a furry cat.
Vilja Autiokyrö Vilja (b. 1983) is Helsinki based screenwriter and a director. She has studied screenwriting and directing in Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland. In 2018 she was part of a screenwriting group writing episodes for a new drama tv-series (YLE and Zodiak Finland). She recently directed also another short documentary film called 1,5 Meters Space (16 min, Aamu Film Company, 2018). Before she has written and directed several independent short films and music videos and has mainly worked as a script consultant. She’s a huge fan of chase scenes in films especially when there are cars involved.