Siemenpuu International Film Festival – “Siirretyt – Displaced”


During 1-10 October 2011, Siemenpuu Foundation organized activities including seminars on minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, displaced people and Mekong region energy issues as well as an International Film Festival “Siirretyt-Displaced” (6-9 October) in Kino Engel (Sofiankatu 4), Helsinki, Finland. It was attended by many film makers from Asia and Europe. We also had panel discussions including a beers-round table in a pub.

My film “The Mekong – Grounds of Plenty” was screened at the festival.

About 1000 people attended the film festival and some 200 participated in the seminars and activities. More information is available at

Rawin in Chiang Mai

In November, we took Rawin on a flight for the first time in his life. He was just 5 months old. The trip to Chiang Mai was mainly to get his tourist visa to India at the friendly Indian consul in Chiang Mai. And it was also a test run for us to check out and prepare Rawin for our slightly longer flight to India in January 2010.