Realize The Moment You Are In

Moments of self doubt and periods of feeling unsure of your decisions. Life is full of ups and downs, also those days when you feel lost one way or another.

It has been such an adventure to live in Berlin so far, to attend incredibly exciting events and meet all the lovely new friends, but the city gives also a great deal of anxiety of various things, such as finding a permanent place to live and the hecticness of life.

The overwhelming amount of possibilities throw you easily off track. I have come now to the same realization that many warned me when I moved here. It is really hard to focus and be strong enough to remind yourself constantly of the reasons why you made the move in the first place.

THIS POST by Lindsay Lohan that I saw the other day gave me goosebumps for my current moment, mainly because as a young girl, I used to love her presence on screen. It stated:

“When life stops you from going ahead,
Only in the eyes of the little girl you once were
Will you find the strength to start over.”

This sums up my thoughts in the past few weeks. I visited my home Finland over the midsummer, and got a good reminder of my roots again, the roots of that young little girl that once dreamed to be where I am heading at the moment in Berlin and elsewhere. This gave me the needed little push to keep on working towards my dreams and feeling good about the present moment. The way to the destination IS the life.

I am working on few of my own projects at the moment, which I will tell you more about in a later stage, but to start with, let me introduce POLYMER MOVIE – an interesting short film I’m privileged to be involved as a producer. Please click THIS LINK to start following our making-of and behind the scenes on Instagram as we work towards the final product.

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Berlin’s vibrant film network, especially the one of women, has really helped me to get into making, also into this previously mentioned project. The biggest shout-out goes to Women’s Film Network Berlin, which I’m proud to be part of. If you are interested to join and in the city later this month, please come and share the vibe in Volksbar the 25th of July! To check the event on Facebook, CLICK HERE!

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REALIZE THE MOMENT YOU ARE IN.

Remember where you started at and came from. Appreciate all your hard work along the pathway that made it possible for you to be here. Here is now. And your strength of knowing it all will bring you to where you want to go next!

Creating the New Next,

Satu

Planning To Visit A Film Festival? – Berlinale Edition 2018

The award season has been flourishing these past few weeks around the world. In Berlin, for almost two weeks, it was all about Berlinale. As I am new to the film industry, it was quite overwhelming, but wow so enriching. I never knew how much was going on, until I experienced it myself. Here are some of the main moments of my festival time and few TIPS what to consider when taking part in one. PS. I apologize already beforehand the quality of some photos as they were taken quite on the run.

I started the festival experience with strolling around the locations with unexpected sunshine after months of rain. Lucky enough, I got to have few words with the festival director Dieter Kosslick himself, as he was on his way to one the first premieres.

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The biggest part of film festivals is of course the screenings. I targeted mainly the premieres, as it is interesting to see and possibly meet the crew and cast and take part in the open Q&As if organized.

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The cast and crew of 7 Days In Entebbe after the premiere // Including the director José Padilha and leading actors Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl

Many panel discussions, workshops and events are organized throughout the city during the festival, and I took part as many as I could and reasonably fit my calendar. The most eye opening event was ‘Closing The Gap – Creatives and Financiers on how to take action towards 50/50 by 2020’ -event organized by WIFT Germany, WIFT Nordic and Swedish Film Institute about the gender gap within the film industry. The conversation has been tough around the world thanks to the movements such as #metoo and #timesup, and it got heated here as well – in a good way to push us to work on towards the new goals.

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Nothing will stop these power ladies!

Not to forget the fun and craziness of Berlin, I attended few nights out as well. Mainly they came out of the blue without organizing, so this is good to keep in mind when planning on morning events… When you meet interesting new people during the day, it is not a bad idea to ask where they are heading in the evening.

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Give a damn about ‘rules’ at times – jump with your whole heart instead!

So planning to visit a film festival?

If anyone out there is planning to visit a film festival, one big thing I can say – the planning is the key! Obviously, different festivals work in different ways, but to plan the screenings and possible workshops, talks and parties is still important, so you don’t miss something that you are interested in.

In Berlinale, it is crucial to know when the tickets go on sale – some screenings sell out within seconds (online). For me, one film screening per day worked really well, on top of workshops, talks and parties – more would have probably been too much to focus.

In Berlinale’s case, a very warm winter wear is important as it can be freezing in February. Some true fans stay outside all night to wait the tickets to go on sale, but even though I am from Finland, I am not much of a winter person, so I preferred to refresh the event page in the coziness of my home every morning just before 10am.

Remember to get a good night sleep to have the energy also daytime, even though the parties can be tempting to stay til the next day. Good amount of parties can be amazing though, especially if you are looking for getting new contacts.

Which brings me to this: Be open to new contacts and surprising moments and occasions. You never know who you could meet and where. I met some key persons to my fun times at the festival in a metro – call it a luck or destiny.

Well lucky enough, I get to focus on my own film making now.

The world is full of stories – find your way to tell yours!

Creating New Culture,

Satu

 

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Your Vote And Smile Make The Difference

Finland will have a presidential election next week, but the advance voting around the globe is already on this week. The ride that I took to the Finnish embassy myself here in Berlin, gave me goosebumps. I rode all the way from the heart of eastern Berlin – Friedrichshain, through the city center with a view of The Brandenburg Gate, to the west of Berlin, which only few decades ago, was just a dream to someone.

By experiencing this road to vote to a foreign embassy, I realized that we have come really far from those horrific times. We do live in uncertain times, in a world that doesn’t promise us much and overloads us with negative news from every social channel. But as a response to all that negativity, we have always the chance to make a positive change. Remember what we have been through as a world, and are still going through. You can start with little gestures yourself, and extend it to your family and friends and all the people you meet and can reach.

The important thing as a society of living human beings, is to connect with one another. We are learning foreign languages to break the barriers, and accepting as well as adapting each others ways of living to build a comfortable common place. We are (also literally) breaking the walls and opening our hearts to new people to enter.

Democratic societies with free elections are one way of making the world a little better, through the leaders. I gave my vote to a candidate that represents the better world for us as human beings in this beautiful nature. My fellow Finns around the world, go and give your own vote for the preferred tomorrow.

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The embassy of Finland ready to receive my vote // Berlin, Germany

And my friends in any country in the world, always take every chance you get, to influence your surroundings to become a little more positive. Smile to the child talking in the bus, help a fallen person back up on their feet, vote when you have elections in your country or area, post positive news and remember to keep your comments constructive in real life as well as online.

Which little gestures do you practice every day, to make this world a little better?

Creating New Culture,

Satu

PS. If you missed my first longer trip to Berlin last November, take a look at my short texts: A Brief Point About Berlin’s History and Experimental Berlin.

A Brief Point About Berlin’s History

The first time I visited Germany was in 2010. If I was asked before that what I thought of Berlin, my opinion would have differed a lot from today’s answer. Of course, Berlin has changed, but what has changed the most, is my knowledge and experience.

My brief point that I discovered now during my second week in Berlin, is about the historic part of this city that I didn’t know much about.

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The Berlin wall – one part of the history that tried to divide us

Berlin, as well as Germany, is presented in such a monotonic way what comes to history and cultural knowledge in schools and media. We all have learned about the horrors that wiped Europe past century.

But before the world wars, and even between them, Berlin was one of the most avant-garde and open-minded cities in the world. As an example, it gave the wings for the world famous star Marlene Dietrich that was famous for her openness of viewing life. Art and different ways of life were flourishing in that Berlin.

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Marlene Dietrich

As much as certain movements have tried to destroy all this beauty of life, it has all grown back and strong. Berlin is once again one of the most liberal and free cities in the world. Cabarets have changed to techno clubs and the classical style to more urban looks, but the famous Berlin air is back in the air.

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The Brandenburg Gate – to remind us to unite

The power of love is the strongest of all. And Berlin proofs that big time.

From Berlin with love,

Satu

PS. My FIRST WEEK IN BERLIN, if you missed it.

Experimental Berlin

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The promised network of streets that bring everything experimental together

I have been in Berlin almost a week now, and I see that the amount of things you can experience will probably never end. The city is pumping its’ own artistic air, which I’m sure has drawn all these souls to it.

BERLIN WALL / EAST SIDE GALLERY

One of the most iconic places in Berlin is definitely the Berlin Wall and specifically the East Side Gallery, though surprisingly only one picture seemed to be packed with tourists – the famous kiss. But it is not the only art on those walls, and there are so many ways you can experience the wall. Again mirroring the city itself. Here are few shots around the wall, not including that kiss.

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The Berlin Wall
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Love between the walls
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Contrast of two worlds
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Always, choose the light!

CHANGING MEETING TIMES AND CANCELLING

This seems to be a growing trend all over the world, perhaps thanks to the smartphones that able us to cancel last minute and keep situations open.

Here in Berlin especially, I can see that people make vague plans and promises which they don’t even have an intention to keep. Maybe it is part of the culture of this city, and whoever lives in it, starts behaving this way. Maybe it is the hectic and interesting lifestyle itself that makes people do those changes or maybe, as mentioned earlier, the human beings with the technical media around have changed. Or maybe it is occasional, just today I confused the dates with a friend of mine.

Either way, lesson learned – keep your mind open for changes!

GALLERY OPENINGS

I came up with a thought, that as amazing as art in different forms is, the real art is always the reaction to it. I often see myself watching more the people in the museums or galleries, rather than the actual art. In the gallery openings in Berlin, my interest towards those art viewers have at least doubled. It is interesting to see which kind of a crowd is gathered to see that specific opening. It tells a lot about the exhibition as well. The interaction is always the key.

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Women of the world – The Atlas of Beauty -exhibition opening

ONE STREET TO ANOTHER WORLD

This is something typical of any big city, the sub worlds and areas that host various types of neighbourhoods change even from one street to another. As Berlin is such a mix of cultures, it has been mind-opening to walk around, meet new people and experience that famous Berlin air. Street after street.

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Between the streets

Second week to go with whole new experiences..

Creating my own Berlin,

Satu

About travelling

I happened to read a blog post about travelling by an old good friend of mine. She left an incredibly tough question in the end of the page; ‘What does travelling mean to you?’

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When I lived close to Paris, I really loved all the metro and train trips – got some time to think, travel in mind.

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Ways of travelling – tuktuk in Bangkok, Thailand

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Ways of travelling – a flight to a foreign land
Fra Airport, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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Tradition of travelling – by camels in the desert
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Travelling is a word, meaning usually ‘to move from one place to another’, as in my previous pictures. But there is so much more to it, it’s both a physical and mental life-changing experience.

At the moment, travelling is work for me, in a literal way. Long distances became my office and far lands home. When you are far from home physically and culturally, you really need to feel inside you and search your peace, your history, culture and values. Only by knowing first what I am made of, I can start learning from others.

Deeper inside we are not so different. Cultures, religions, traditions and history have made us act differently. But we all have same feelings, we need love, we want to understand the world, we get angry when something doesn’t work as we are taught, we forgive when things are settled in a respectful and constructive manner.

Travelling means meeting the world and through acceptance learning to live the world. At first travelling was mainly physical for me, but as it became mental and spiritual, it became home.

Four star champions: Deut-schlaaaand

Monday morning. Tiredness. Staying in bed and calling off sick feels so tempting. But through all that sleepiness you still smile. Because you remember all the happy faces, hugs with strangers, people on cars, tractors and busses – on whatever they just found to climb on. It was a good night to stay in Germany.

There are always many speculations about football, about big sports in general. Was someone bought? Is it always fair? We can never really know for sure. But what we know is that both teams really fought last night, the match was very tight till the end of 120 minutes.

German team though, I have to say, was iron the whole tournament. I watched all of their games through this journey and every part of the field kept their performance strong. Black-yellow-reds played as a team, and team spirit continued to the streets of the country for later hours after the final. It made even us non-Germans go a bit crazy.

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It is always amazing to see one nation or group to get together and celebrate in a positive way. Germany, very much Frankfurt am Main where I am staying, is such a big mix of different nationalities and people with variety of backgrounds so the feeling was even higher. All for the love of football!

All I can say is, thank you for showing your heart, well played Germany, and congratulations for the fourth star!

Change for 2014

It’s been a while that I haven’t been posting. For me this pause was most of all time to search something new in myself. I felt the need to understand me more, and through this process, simply get new power on sharing new stories again.

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The last sunrise I saw in 2013

I had awakening times over the holidays. During one week, I visited all the three places I consider my homes. Jyväskylä in Finland, Paris in France and Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Three different cultures, languages, lifestyles, group of friends and stages of my past life.

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French stage – delicious snails

They say you need to know your history to understand the present and to plan the future. The important thing is to understand these points in all levels, starting from the largest one – the history of the world, to understand the dynamics around, the situation of your own country and culture in this frame. The knowledge of your own culture will teach a lot about behavioural aspects and give the power to be proud of your roots.

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Wild berries is one of the privileges in Finnish forests, I learned to bake a berry pie à la Mom

Knowing the history of your own family, will help you realize partly how you have become the person you are, and the reasons behind your parents’ and other family members’ choices. It is important to remember that regardless of which choices your family has made, you are you, the only you in the world, and in today’s world you have the ability to choose the change if you wish so.

That brings us to the final one, our very own personal history. Which way have I developed during my life? Which kind of choices did I make? Which mistakes did I make? How did I overcome them?

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Sometimes the light blinds you, sometimes guides
Eiffel tower in Paris, France

Staying in my childhood home in Finland is always awakening experience. Every single time I learn new about my past. Seeing the world, grows my respect towards my roots, and all the people who have walked part of my path with me.

Paris put many questions in my mind. Why did I do certain decisions in life? What came out of them? How did I grow up during those periods of time? Answering these taught me about my decision-making and behaviour in a big picture.

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Re-living your past path makes you know yourself more

I finished the travelling week in the present. I see my path, I see this place and time that I have ended up in. There are things I like, and things I want to change for the future. I have ideas, plans and energy again but as we all know, only the future itself will tell the result.

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Find the balance of the presence and the future – enjoy today, building your future

Happy new and very successful year 2014 for everybody!

Royal romantic route

Last Friday, with three Italians, we rented a car and hit the road towards the south of Germany, to explore the historical romantic road, ‘Romantische Strasse’.

As human beings, we have a long history and there are many marks and monuments to remind us from the lived past. In general, we all visit and feel these places way too rarely. The history of our cultures is everywhere; every village and city have a past, every family and so a person has roots and history that is behind any behaviour or culture. Some of those events are in the close past, some further away.

The most important is the knowledge of the history, not the history itself. Knowing the roots lets you learn to see the signs of the future, and develop yourself and this world.

Our first stop was Würzburg, and it’s old palace – Residenz Würzburg. Walking in those royal gardens I realized that there’s always been one person leading the rest, whether it was the head of the tribe, a king or a president.

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In the history of human beings there are many eras of kingdoms and dictatorships. One person is born or put above the others. The blue-blooded royals didn’t have to earn their success, as the people in high positions (such as politicians) these days do. Neither did the dictators, they took the power.

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The fascinating question is though that if we all are the same as human beings, why do we let someone tell us what to do and how to live? Is this a part where the history repeats itself?

The kingdoms, the way they used to be, are in the past, but still some exist, as well as dictatorships. There is a leading figure in every country, but slowly we are going towards democracy and everyone’s leadership.

Do we need someone higher to keep the society and life rolling? Do we need a leader? And if so, what kind of a leader do we need? What can we learn from the past leaders to make a better future? What will be the future romantic road? Few questions to think about.

Walking speed

One detail that differs between cultures, is the speed of walking. I visited the museum of communication in Frankfurt am Main where you can among all the other things explore the speeds physically.

The task was to walk a so-called ‘catwalk’ as normal as possible and see which country your speed matches. The first time I tried to walk normally, as I do on the streets. The result was the speed of Sweden, which hits very close home up in Scandinavia.

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With a growing excitement, I tried all the different speeds to experience the feelings people have around the world while walking. I had to almost run to reach the fastest Swiss, and when moving as the Brazilians, I had time to improve my samba moves.

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Here are some examples of speed in different countries, for example the results of this walking test of 10 meters

What is not included in this test, is that people walk with different speeds also according to the area they are from, whether they live in a city or countryside, and whether they have to hurry or not.

Even though I don’t like generalizing things, and even less groups of people, but an average walking speed tells something about the culture. How about, which nationality would you be?