“Every series is supposed to bring significant content on the big screen”

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Ulla Simonen, the artistic director of DocPoint at the opening ceremony of the documentary festival at Savoy theatre on 27 January 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Ulla Simonen, the artistic director of DocPoint at the opening ceremony of the documentary festival at Savoy theatre on 27 January 2015. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

HELSINKI – The world changes but there is one subject that sticks: Russia,” said Ulla Simonen, the artistic director of DocPoint documentary film festival, during the opening ceremony at the Savoy theatre on Tuesday evening.

Russia is a subject in many of the films during the festival, which started today and will last until Sunday February 1.

According to Simonen, thematically the most important films are included in ‘A Bitter Taste of Freedom’ series by the Finnish documentarist, Reijo Nikkilä, which features eleven films from which most focus on Russia.

Nikkilä will receive the Apollo lifetime award for his lifework on Wednesday.

“He has given us tools to understand why Russia is the way Russia is today.”

The most important thing during a documentary film festival is that they are films, Simonen said.

“Every series is supposed to bring significant content on the big screen.”

Check out the programme here.

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