Lens Politica's anniversary will be celebrated by exploring the society through films, workshops, discussions and performance art from the 13 to 22 November 2015.
The festival will start with an open to all three-day political film workshop Kino Politica held during the opening weekend. The films made during the workshop will be screened as a part of the festival programme on 21 November.
During the same weekend, on 14 November Lens Politica will join forces with Helsinki Art Museum HAM and organize a Speech Karaoke workshop. The participants will collectively write a speech and create a karaoke video for it. The video will then be a part of the Speech Karaoke Night held in Dubrovnik on 20 November. In Speech Karaoke the performers pick a speech to perform instead of singing a song. The selection of karaoke videos include a wide range of well-known and unknown, current and historical, fun, but also genuinely touching speeches in several languages.
The festival's opening film will be Avi Lewis' This Changes Everything (2015), based on Naomi Klein's book of the same name. The supporting idea of the book and the film is simple: capitalism leads to climate change, climate change leads to the end of the world. The opening film will be screened at Kino Sheryl on 18 November 2015. The Finnish translation of Klein's book, Tämä muuttaa kaiken – Kapitalismi vs ilmasto, (Into Kustannus) will come out at the same time.
Fact checking and the media will be discussed through the film The Amina Profile, which was premiered recently at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary follows Amina Arraf's posts on her popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus about her life in the middle of the Syrian uprising. The film directed by Sophie Deraspen reveals how the western world was outsmarted, including even the most prestigious media. There will be a discussion on same theme after the screening at Dubrovnik on 20 November between MTV reporter Salla Vuorikoski, Tuomas Muraja from Faktabaari factcheck service and journalist, non-fiction writer Johanna Vehkoo. The discussion will be led by Anne Leppäjärvi, Program Director of the Journalism Program at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences.
There will be a special Finnish premiere of the short film Finsensus directed by Marton Jelinko and written by Ilja Rautsi. The film is a political horror story flavored with some black humor. Three politicians strangely resembling our current leaders are trapped under an invisible dome. Considerable cuts need to be made - cuts related to the fourth person's body parts. The premiere will be at Kino Sheryl on 19 November, screened together with Teemu Mäki's film Hulluus ja yhteiskunta .
The programme also provides ecological food policies, music and sports as social changemakers, animal rights, fascism and Islamic feminism. The whole programme can now be found on our website. Ticket sales will begin on 4 November.