I am Dublin

“These small lines are destroying my life.” These lines – his own fingerprints – are what Ahmed has tried to get rid of. First by rubbing with sandpaper, look and then by dunking his hands into hydrochloric acid. Isn’t the pain absolutely unbearable? “The journey over the Mediterranean sea is even worse, physician ” Ahmed responds.

The journey of Ahmed from Somalia to the other side of the sea was not his last, there as he was able to make it to Lampedusa island in Italy. When a person seeks asylum, his or her fingerprints are saved into the European system. Now, Ahmed’s fingerprints are haunting him wherever he goes: the so-called Dublin regulation mandates that he can always be returned from other countries to Italy, where his asylum application was first registered. However, he has no future in Italy.

The documentary I am Dublin takes a realistic and sobering look at the life of refugees who are stuck in the immigration system. Following Ahmed is like watching him act in a fictional film about his life. The difficulty of living and the instability of life come as no surprise. The despair, the meaninglessness, and the isolation of the detainment centers are nevertheless shocking.

Ruusa Myllyaho / Translation: Sanna Parikka

Languages: Somali, Swedish, Finnish, English
Subtitles: English

  • Director: David Aronowitsch, Ahmed Abdullahi, Anna Persson, Sharmarke Binyusuf
  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 75 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Anna Persson
  • Editing: David Aronowitsch
  • Audio: Anders Nyström
  • Music: Michel Wenzer
  • Production: David Aronowitsch/Story AB


  • Cinema Artis hall 2: Sunday 31.01 - 16:30