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A documentary film about western diplomats leading a special way of life in developing countries outside Europe. The film follows the life and work of one family, the Lindholms.

Glen is the Ambassador of Finland in New Delhi, experienced diplomat with a long career in the third world. The film portrays the international community of diplomats in India and Nepal. They meet each other often, officially and unofficially. This special way of life is in a way a culture of its own. Very often the contrast between the life inside the walls of embassy and the life outside is startling. But the work of a diplomat doesn’t consist of parties only. For instance the conflict between India and Pakistan has its own effect on the everyday life of the Lindholms. 'Ambassadors' tells the story of the Lindholms, but it is also deeper study of the basic questions of the diplomatic life, glory and grass root level of international relations.


Release: 2003 (Denmark)

Duration: 57 minutes

Genre: Documentary feature

Spoken language: Finnish, Hindi and English


Director: Jouko Aaltonen

Screenplay: Jouko Aaltonen

Cinematography: Marita Hällfors

Editors: Kimmo Kohtamäki and Janus Billeskov-Jansen
Sound Design: Martti Turunen

Composer: Tapani Rinne

Producer: Pertti Veijalainen

Production Countries: Finland and Denmark

Production Company: Illume LTD

Coproducers: Magic Hours Film, YLE TV1 and ETV

Produced with support from: AVEK, The Danish Film Institute, The Finnish National Council for Cinema and The SES Finnish Film Foundation.



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