Themes arising from films in the Helsinki Cine Aasia programme are explored further in discussions with experts


Films are inseparably connected to both the surrounding world and the tradition of filmmaking. Over the festival weekend, new perspectives to the films in the Helsinki Cine Aasia programme will be explored in discussions with leading experts in their fields.

Situation of the Rohingya in South East Asia: Rohingya Muslims have been a target of a military crackdown in Myanmar. The situation has been described even as a genocide. Hundreds of thousands have fled to the neighbouring countries. Discussing the issue are Anu Tuukkanen from Amnesty International and Timo Kuronen from Siemenpuu Foundation. In Finnish.

Sat 16.3. at 1.20pm, Korjaamo mezzanine. Following the screening of Manta Ray.

Theatre and Dance in Asian Cinema: In East and South East Asia, there is a rich tradition of dance and theatre. How are these art forms presented in Asian cinema? Discussing the topic is an expert on Asian arts, writer and cultural critic Jukka O. Miettinen. In Finnish.

Sat 16.3. at 3.20pm, Korjaamo mezzanine. Following the screening of Song Lang. Also related to topic is the film Memories of My Body which will be screened on the same day at 6.30pm at Korjaamo Kulmasali and the performance by Ken Mai at Korjaamo lobby at 8.30pm.

Social Turning Point of 1960s and 1970s in Japan: In Japan, the turn of the 1960s and 1970s represented a social turning point, when the old was rebelled against in many areas. Provocation was also present in the arts and media, for example in erotic pinku films and in new forms of musical expression. At the same time, established production systems still affected film, music and television. Lasse Lehtonen, researcher and writer of a recent book on Japanese music, discusses the theme. In Finnish.

Sat 16.3. 5.50pm, Korjaamo lobby. Before the screening of Dare To Stop Us.

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan: China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have each made their own way, but all have a long and intertwined history. What is the situation today when the People’s Republic of China is becoming increasingly active in world politics? Jyrki Kallio, senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, discusses the issue. The event is organised in co-operation with Finland-China Society. In Finnish.

Sun 17.3. 3.50pm, Korjaamo mezzanine. Following the screening of A Family Tour and before the screening of No. 1 Chung Ying Street.

North-South Korea Interactions: Interactions between North and South Korea are depicted in several South Korean movies. These include topics like spying and the human tragedy with the division of families. The topics and their changes under the changing political winds will be discussed by Andrew Logie, Assistant Professor in Korean Studies at the University of Helsinki. In English.

Sun 17.3. 6.20pm, Korjaamo mezzanine. After the screening of Beautiful Days and before the screening of The Spy Gone North.