We are looking forward to sharing with everyone the 15th edition of Cinemaissí this year. We had envisioned a crowded cinema room, then staying in the hall for a long time to comment on the film, on what has been happening in Latin America, in our lives in general. I’m not sure when it will be possible to come together to celebrate the achievements of our community. However, I am absolutely sure of one thing: we at Cinemaissí have found a way to meet and communicate with you also this year.
Watching a film in a movie theater is an unparalleled experience, I know very well. However, I believe that the way that the cinematographic phenomenon connects stories, their respective tellers and the audience is what truly makes cinema something fundamental, mysteriously charming. As long as there are outstanding stories, passionate storytellers and an avid audience, Cinemaissí will be alive and will reinvent itself as many times as necessary to mediate this meeting. This purposeful soul is what makes the festival so special and a necessary space of resistance in Finland.
Thanks to The City of Helsinki, TAIKE, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia and Latin American embassies in Finland, which have secured financial support for the non-profit association that organizes the festival. We are also extremely happy to have the special collaboration of ARMA Alliance.
To this team, endowed with unquestionable perseverance, I publicly express my gratitude and the pride I feel to participate in the same community as you.
I have a special invitation to everyone who has something to say and who wants to hear about Latin America: participate in Cinemaissí! From your home, with some friends, on your cell phone, computer, TV, all over Finland: come as you are, be very welcome.
Diego Barros, President, Cinemaissi Ry