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The Punk Syndrome

"The Punk Syndrome" is a documentary film about Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys. The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success. It shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying and the laughter. Loyal to true punk tradition, the band plays loud and harshly, and their lyrics are critical of the surrounding reality: Poverty, housing problems, intoxicants and the attitudes towards disabled are brutally slung to the listener's face.

Director: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Executive Producer: Sami Jahnukainen

Producer: Sami Jahnukainen, Carsten Aanonsen, Lennart Ström & Magnus Gertten

Screenwriter: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Cinematographer: J-P Passi

Editor: Riitta Poikselkä

Sound Designer: Jørgen Bergsund, Tormod Ringnes

Music: Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (band)

Additional Credits: Graphic Design: Illusia Sarvas, Dramaturgy: Magnus Gertten, Editing Consultant: Mika Ronkainen, Sound Recording: Antti Haikonen


Jukka Kärkkainen has been making documentary films since 2003. Aside from filmmaking Jukka has a background as a construction worker. He is the co-founder of Mouka Filmi production company. J-P Passi has worked as a cinematographer since 2000. He also directs and works as a scriptwriter every now and then.

Distributor: Youn Ji

Sales Agent: Autlook filmsales

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