Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


Discussion: What do you believe (in)?

What do you believe (in)? Whose story do you believe? What makes people believe? How has faith and belief changed in the light of history? What happened to believing in the facts? Who is the authority we trust? What do you believe in?

The discussion What do you believe (in)? on Thursday 3rd February @ 18-20 explores how we build our worldview and what we build it with. In the discussion, a psychologist ponders what our need to believe is based on. A theologian wonders how faith and belief have changed. Media experts discuss what has happened to facts. All perspectives are trying to capture something about what is happening in the world right now.

Introducing the speakers:

Kimmo Alho is a professor of psychology at the University of Helsinki, who studies brain activity related to cognitive functions. In the discussion he will provide a perspective from psychology and neuroscience – what kind of information processing and brain activity is associated with beliefs and religious experiences and how information obtained by a scientific method differs from a belief.

Teemu Taira is a lecturer in the study of religion and a docent at the University of Helsinki. In the discussion he will provide a cultural research perspective of the study of religion: what is the role and significance of faith and belief (or lack thereof) for individuals and communities.

Katja Valaskivi is an associate professor at the University of Helsinki, where she leads research in religion, media and social change. The research deals with topics such as populism in the media, conspiracy theories and the relationship between religions and the media and digital environment.

Johanna Vehkoo is a journalist and non-fiction author. She specializes in fact checking and misinformation. In her podcast Valheenpaljastaja, she has dealt with topics such as disinformation, propaganda, and false news.

The event will be moderated by Anna-Stina Nykänen, editor, columnist and author of Helsingin Sanomat.

The event will be streamed and saved for later viewing. The link to the live broadcast will be published here closer to the time of the event.

18.00 Opening words by Anna-Stina Nykänen
18.05 Kimmo Alho: What makes people believe?
18.25 Teemu Taira: Faith and believing are everyday and practical matters
18.45 Katja Valaskivi: What happened to believing in facts?
19.05 Johanna Vehkoo: News or fake news?
19.25 Discussion lead by the moderator and questions from the audience
20.00 Discussion ends

If you’re interested in watching documentaries relating to the theme of What do you believe (in)? from DocPoint’s programme, we recommend checking out the following films: Ascension, Atman, Babi Yar. Context, Bangla Surf Girls, Brotherhood, Dark Red Forest, Faya Dayi, Les Enfants Terribles, Mysterion, The Mushroom Speaks, A Night of Knowing Nothing, Tanjuska and the 7 Devils and Trust Me. 

The discussion will be carried out in cooperation with The Church Media Foundation.

Thursday 3rd February at 18.00–20.00
Language: Finnish
Length: 120 min