The spirit of the Café

Where my research on Cafés as hubs of human interactions unfolds: Helsinki’s Café Esplanad.   cafe_esplanad

Where young nervous couples have their first dates, where new immigrants meet to share with passion the latest news from their home country, where young entrepreneurs draft the plans of their next startup, where elderly gentlemen come to reminisce about the war, the café is a window into human interactions and a direct access to the pulse of societies.  Presently researching the Web documentary Café Culture in Europe, I have found a glimpse into the soul of Helsinki here in the midst of coffee’s lingering aroma.

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About Alexandra Guité

Alexandra GUITÉ is a film director, video-journalist and teacher whose documentary films are innovative and engaging treatments of moving human stories. She completed the Institut National de l’Image et du Son’s film direction program in 2006. Passionate about the human condition, she also holds Master’s degrees both in Philosophy and Political Science as well as PhD studies in Sociology. A dedicated yoga practitioner, she has completed 500 hours advanced yoga teacher certifications. She teaches a weekly meditative class. Versatile and instinctive, she can research, write, direct, film and edit provocative political and creative point-of-view documentaries as well as introspective portraits. In her films, she has explored a broad variety of topics such as the aftermaths of a famous land expropriation, the creativity of Latin-American social movements, the social power of art in Buenos Aires, noise pollution, organic agriculture, the damages of residential schools, the life of Canada's First Nations, gentrification, homelessness as well as ballroom dancing. In 2010, she wrote, researched, directed and co-produced the 12 films of ARTE-NFB's award winning Web Documentary Sound Ecology. She has also roamed the Arctic and Canada’s West Coast producing short films for CBC-Radio-Canada. She now teaches interactive media, film and journalism after working for some years for Canada's national broadcaster (CBC/SRC), creating technological-cultural reports and directing more than 200 documentaries on poignant social and human issues.
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