Scientist Hannele Korhonen has one ultimate passion: to be the best at what she does and be recognised for it. Her life changes dramatically when she is awarded a 1,5 million USD research grant by the United Arab Emirates to participate in their ambitious project to stimulate rainfall over the notoriously arid region. The opportunity to get proper funding and do good sounds amazing. But, gradually Hennele learns that the financiers’ have their own agenda. Her enthusiasm morphs into an ethical dilemma and inner conflicts.
She is a Finnish documentary filmmaker who has worked in the film industry for over 20 years. Her documentary ‘Neighbours’ was nominated for Prix Europa in 2013 and ‘State of Mind’, also a documentary, got a state quality award in 2007. Halttunen’s short documentary ‘Heaven and Earth’ won the main prize in Tampere Film Festival in 1995. From 2010 to 2015 Halttunen worked as a regional artist in the Arts Promotion Centre, Finland. Her filmography also includes films such as ‘Tabula Rasa’ (2009) and ‘Bandage’ (2015).