Centrul Astra Film



Astra Film Festival


Jouko Aaltonen | Finland | 2004 | 57'

The film explores the life of modern nomads: the diplomats, a tribe sharing common rituals, beliefs and even a common language. Following the routine of the Ambassador of Finland in New Delhi, the filmmaker reveals a glimpse of the diplomats and their families, which is unknown to the public. Beyond the glamorous parties and the official meetings, there is plenty of hard work, and worries. Encountering a new world and culture is also an issue, especially for the ambassador's children. Conflicts between India and Pakistan, merely news items for most of us, directly affect the every day life of this family. After years of anthropological field research with nomads in Siberia, in Tuva and in India, Jouko Aaltonen turns his camera towards Western "nomads" who are exposed to non-Western cultures. "For me" declares the filmmaker "it is a film about facing another culture. And about nomadism. After all, aren't we all a little bit nomad?"