“Our latest documentary is premiering in Finland!”

May 20, 2019

Thrilled to announce that our latest documentary, WANTOKS: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia, will have its world premiere on May 26th in FINLAND at HELSINKI’s maailma kylässä World Village Festival, a weekend event that gathers 80,000 people in attendance! The film profiles artists and activists on the islands of Melanesia, in the South Pacific, who are fighting for self-determination while trying to defend their homes against rising sea levels and the effects of climate change. You can check out the trailer here, RSVP here, and more info about the festival is here. All events below are with the presence of director iara lee and editor Dimo Petkov, who will speak with audience members, answer questions, and build solidarity.

In conjunction with the WANTOKS screenings, we will present Vlad Sokhin’s Photo exhibition WARM WATERS: the effects of climate change on the Pacific region communities at the Market of Possibilities Tent, Kaisaniemi Park, Helsinki.

We are pleased that last year, each of our films screened in more than 100 countries! We’re aiming to do the same with WANTOKS, using grassroots distribution to audiences who are interested and engaged. If you would like to organize a screening in your community or show the film at a festival or event, please contact us at info@culturesofresistancefilms.com. WANTOKS is a great tool for discussions about climate disaster, state violence, colonialism, and occupation, and we are pleased to work with local artists and activists to help spread the word!

our list of film events in FINLAND/ HELSINKI:

BURKINABÈ BOUNTY: agroecology in Burkina Faso
Saturday 2019 May 25, 18:15 – 19:30 at Village Cinema, On the Rocks
followed by a discussion with director iara lee, editor Dimo Petkov & Jussi Kanner, a Fingos advisor on sustainable development and expert on global food security, with Mirka Kartano as moderator
Festival Program
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Interview with Iara Lee about all of her Cultures Of Resistance work hosted by Maailman Kuvalehti Magazine with Juha Mäkinen
Sunday 2019 May 26, 13:40 – 14:00 at Taiga Stage
Finnish National Theatre Club


WANTOKS: dance of Resilience in Melanesia
Sunday, 2019 May 26, 17:20- 18:30
film world premiere at Village Cinema, On the Rocks
followed by a discussion with director iara lee, editor Dimo Petkov, Petra Autio (social anthropologist specialising in the Pacific region), Hanna Matinpuro (director of the Siemenpuu Foundation), and moderator Juha Mäkinen (editor-in-chief of Maailman Kuvalehti)

Festival Program
Event Details


BURKINABÈ BOUNTY: agroecology in Burkina Faso
Regenerative farming – Films, activism and research
May 27, 18:00 at Nessling Nest, Fredrikinkatu 20 A, Helsinki
organized by Outi Silfverberg, coordinator at the Forum for Environmental Information
followed by a discussion with film director iara lee, Galina Kallio, (researcher on sustainable, local and regenerative food systems), and Ruby van der Wekken (food co-op Oma Maa/community supported agriculture activist)
More info here

until next time,
iara lee and the whole team

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