Documentary, 90 min + International 52 min TV-version.
Year: 2007


Why are some of the world's biggest international companies translating the Ruhnama, an absurd government propaganda book from Turkmenistan, into their own languages?

Shadow of the Holy Book exposes the immorality of international companies doing business with the dictatorship of oil-and-gas-rich Turkmenistan, thus helping to hide its human rights and free speech abuses - all in the name of profit and corporate greed.


- Theatrical and TV distribution in over 20 countries worldwide
- Distribution in Finland FS Film
- International theatrical and TV-distribution Jan Rofekamp/Films Transit International Inc.


The film has been selected to over 60 international festivals, including:
- Joris Ivens Competition, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), The Netherlands, 2007
- Opening Film, DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2008
- Opening Film, DOCSDF: Mexico City International Film Festival, Mexico, 2008
- Opening Film, International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey, 2008
- HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Canada, 2008
- Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2008
- Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2008

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- Nominee, Best European Documentary, European Film Academy, 2008
- Jury Special Prize, Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia, 2008
- Audience Choice Award, Taiwan International Documentary Festival, 2008
- The Finnish State Quality Production Award, 2008
- Honorary Recognition, International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey, 2008


Director: Arto Halonen
Screenwriters: Arto Halonen, Kevin Frazier
Cinematography: Hannu Vitikainen, Arto Halonen
2. camera: Salla Sorri, Juha Kiviharju
Editor: Samu Heikkilä
Editing consultant: Erez Laufer
Sound designer: Martti Turunen, Samu Heikkilä
Music composer: Timo Peltola
Researchers: Maiju Lanamäki, Riina Kullas,
Matleena Frisk, Kaius Niemi, Gustaf Holm
Production coordinator: Hanna Aartolahti
Producer: Arto Halonen
Co-producers: Helle Ulsteen/Kamoli Films,
Werner Schweizer/Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
Executive producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer
Production company: Art Films production AFP Ltd

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