Perspectives: Discussions with experts deepen the themes and questions raised by the films


Films are inseparably connected to both the surrounding world and the tradition of filmmaking. The festival programme at Korjaamo includes themed discussions that deepen the understanding of, or open new viewpoints to, the festival’s films. Open to all!

Tourism in Thailand – Local Views: Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for Finnish tourists. How do the Thai view this phenomenon? The topic will be discussed with Vanitsri Tirkkonen from The Finnish Thai Association ry and Timo Kuronen from The Siemenpuu Foundation. In English.

Sat 14.3. 15:40 Korjaamo lobby. Following the screening of Krabi, 2562.

Sexual minorities in Taiwan and China: Taiwan was the first Asian country to allow same sex marriage in 2019. What preceded this, and what is the situation of sexual minorities in Taiwan overall? How is the topic perceived in Chinese culture more broadly and what is the situation in mainland China? The topic is being discussed with Sami Huttunen, a researcher on religion and homosexuality in Taiwan, and with Chinese-Finnish Wenbing Wang. The event is organised in cooperation with the Finland China Society. In Finnish.

Sat 14.3. 18:35 Korjaamo lobby. Following the screening of The Teacher.

Performance: Traditional Chinese Theatre
: Elias Edström performs a scene from the classical Peking opera play Fight in the Dark. After the performance he will give a talk about traditional Chinese theater. Edström has graduated from National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA). Discussion in Finnish.

Sat 14.3. 21:20 Korjaamo Kulmasali. Following the screening of Synapses.

Landscape in Chinese Art
: In classic Chinese painting the landscape is one of the most important topics and forms. The painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains is one of the best known masterpieces. What is the significance of the landscape, what is the philosophy of classic painting like, and what kinds of interpretations are there in contemporary Chinese art? The topic will be discussed with ink artist Pan Jianfeng. In English.

Sun 15.3. 16:05 Korjaamo lobby. Following the screening of Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains.

Japanese Tea Ceremony
: Traditional Japanese chado, the way of tea, is also known in the West as the tea ceremony. The meticulous art of making and enjoying green tea is also a spiritual exercise that can have a positive effect on a practitioner’s whole life. Harmony, respect, purity and serenity are the essence of the way of tea. How are they present in tea ceremony? The founder and honorary chairman of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Finland Association Jouni Elomaa will discuss the topic. In Finnish.

Sun 15.3. 18:15 Korjaamo lobby. Following the screening of Every Day a Good Day.

TeeMaa Tea House & Tea Shop sells delicious tea in the Korjaamo lobby on Sunday 15.3. at 4-7pm. Welcome!