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2018年10月02日

Diaries of a porn addict

Toni Jyvälä is a standup comedian in Finland. What gained him national fame was not his performance, but his online diaries on the fight to internet porn addiction. 

Toni did not realize his depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and erectile malfunction were due to his long time addiction to internet porn during most of his adulthood. Not one single psychologist he saw asked him anything about the addiction. Until one day he bumped into Gary Wilson's talk on TEDx Talk - The Great Porn Experiment, he realized the root of his problems. 

In the video interview Diaries of a porn addict, Toni tells his personal story right in front of camera. His struggle is still going on, and his bravery and courage have inspired many young men around the world who suffer the same condition. 

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Photo by Yitiao

2018年06月26日

Bitter Flowers - a story of Chinese women in Belleville, Paris

Bitter Flowers is Belgian director Olivier Meys' first long feature film. It is a story of a Chinese woman Lina's struggle in Belleville, Paris. Meys used to live and work in China for more than ten years, he found the story of Chinese street workers in Belleville is intriguing, so he teamed up with Chinese screenplay writer A Mei to create a story of Lina. 

Meys believes that he portraits the women in a delicate and respectful way. Through the story, he wants to explore the balance between hope and sacrifice. He also wants to urge people to ponder the present and future, and how an obsessed hope sometimes may not be a good direction to maintain.

In this video interview "Bitter Flowers - a story in Belleville by a Belgian director", Meys tells some background stories about the movie. 

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2017年12月20日

Loving Vincent - a story of love

Loving Vincent is the world's first fully hand-painted movie. It took the team over seven years to accomplish this amazing task. The story was initiated by the director Dorota Kobiela, and her husband Hugh Welchman has been a great support behind the idea. The couple has been through many difficulties during the process of movie making.

In this video interview "Loving Vincent - a story of love" at their studio in Sopot, Poland, Welchman said no difficulties they undertook could compare the difficulties Vincent had, and this gave them strength. 

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 Photo by YIN Zi

2017年10月01日

Vilppula prison - an open jail in middle Finland

Vilppula prison is an open jail near Tampere, Finland. There are about 90 inmates and 30 prison staff in it. The open jail system is not built with 8-meter-tall concrete wall, but invisible rules. No inmates wear any electronic device, and they are free to go out to work, study or participate training. 

In the short film Vilppula Prison, we interviewed two inmates who talked about their experience in Vilppula, compared with their time in closed prison. The director of Vilppula also talked about the meaning of such a system for a better society.

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 Photo by YIN Zi

2017年09月01日

Earthship - An autonomous vessel to live in

Michael Reynolds started to build autonomous housing projects half a century ago. As an visionary, he believes that by using automobile tyres, glass bottles and soda cans, human can live in a more healthy and ecological way and help revive a piece of rainforest on earth. 

In this interview Earthship - An autonomous vessel to live in, Reynolds tells about his believes, mission and hope. 

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Be My Eyes - An app to lend your eyesight and help all

Danish carpenter Han Jorgen Wiberg is a visually-impaired person himself. He invented the iphone app Be My Eyes to help other blind and visually-impaired people to "see" things when they need. What surprised him and his colleagues is that the volunteers are so excited and happy to be able to help.

In this exclusive interview Be My Eyes - an app to lend your eyesight and help all, Hans explains what are the essential ingredients of the invention. 

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2017年07月06日

Löyly, the essence of Finnish sauna

Löyly is a public sauna along the shore in Helsinki. It was designed by the talented architecture office Avanto. This is the only unisex public sauna in Helsinki, which pushes the Finnish sauna culture further as a social event.

In this short film Löyly, a Social Sauna, the architects Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen tell their ideas behind the design of the building.

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 Photo by Avanto 

2017年05月30日

Tom of Finland

Tom of Finland is the artistic name of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen. His gay pornographic art works have had huge impact on gay culture and pop culture since 1960s.

In this short film Tom of Finland, the last lover and life companion of Laaksonen: Durk Dehner talks about the meaning of Tom of Finland to the world and the next generation.  

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Photo by YIN Zi

 

Monokini 2.0 - Who Says You Need Two?

Monokini 2.0 is an art project initiated by two Finnish artists Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri. They invited some fashion designers to design unique swimsuits for women who went through mastectomy due to breast cancer. 

In this short film, Monokini 2.0 - Who Says You Need Two?, the two creative artists and two models (survivors) present their ideas and courage to fight against the social norm. 

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(Photo by YIN Zi)

2016年12月30日

Soupman Marc Aulén

Marc Aulén is famous for his soup lunch restaurant in Helsinki. 

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Aulén cooks his soups and manages his restaurant with passion. For him, the customers are happy when he is happy. In this short video Soupman Marc Aulén, he performs how to cook one of his favorite signature soups. 

(photo by YIN Zi)