Ambassadors is a documentary about western diplomats and their special lives. The film follows a diplomatic family, Lindholms. Glen is an experienced diplomat working in the Finnish Embassy in New Delhi. He has made a long career in the third world countries. His wife Tuovi is originally a laboratorian, but has now concentrated in being a diplomat’s wife – which is hard work. They have three children, two of which already have their own lives. The youngest, Annette, encounters a new world and culture when the family moves to India.

The film views the international community and intercourse of the diplomats in India and Nepal. The diplomats meet each other often, both formally and informally. In a way, their life is some sort of an own culture. Often the difference between the time spent inside the embassy’s walls and the outside world is wide.


Original name Lähettiläät
Subtitles English
Genre Documentary
Production year 2003
Production country Finland
Running time 57 min


Direction Jouko Aaltonen (also scriptwriter)
Cinematography Marita Hällfors
Sound design Martti Turunen
Composer Tapani Rinne
Editing Kimmo Kohtamäki

Screenings and awards


  • 01.01.2005 Freiburg Film Forum 2005 / Germany
  • 25.11.2004 Kettupäivät Finnish Short Film Festival 2004 / Finland
  • 01.01.2004 Docpoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival 2004 and Kettupäivät Finnish Short Film Festival 2004 / Finland
  • 01.01.2004 Astra Film Fest / Romania (Honorable mention)
  • 01.01.2004 Nafa festival 2004 / Estonia
  • 01.01.2004 Anthropological film festival in Moscow / Russia
  • 20.01.2001 Travelling International Northern Festival


  • Pertti Veijalainen, Illume Oy

Back to the films