Nalles, Italy, 13/05/2013
Interviewer: Sergei Trofimov
Camera: Anke Riester
Editing: Milena Holzknech
Commissioning editor, YLE - Finland
Iikka Vehkalahti is born 1949 in Finland and lives in Helsinki with his family. He studied in Tampere University, in Drama Studio and in the faculty of political science being at the same time active in different NGO`s. After the studies he was working as a free lance journalist travelling extensively and being active in international organisations as peace movements. He also lectured and had workshops among others about journalism, environment and media, motivation in management and creative thinking. He also wrote several years art critics to Finnish papers. From 1987 forward he started his career as film maker, first in the legendary Finnish production company Epidem andlater in his own company Musafilm directing and producing documentaries in Finland, Africa and Asia. He lived some time in Denmark and in Egypt.
Commissioning Editor for YLE TV2 Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. He is a board member in Steps International, Steps India and IDFA.
In YLE he has commissioned several internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy by Pirjo Honkasalo, Decent Factory by Thomas Balmes, Gone To The Wind by Gennadi Gorodin, Recepies for Disaster by John Webster, The Journey by Markku Lehmuskallio, Lakshmi and Me by Nishta Jain, Paradise by Elina Hirvonen, In The Shadow Of Holy Book by Arto Halonen, Northern Star by Erkko Lyytinen and Riot On ! by John Hakalax. He has been a partner in several awarded documentaries produced in Asia, Middle-East and Africa.
Before YLE he directed several awarded documentaries for Epidem and Musafilm, among them Past is Present, Amal, Inam, Naila, Man from the Shadow, Daughter of a Terrorist, Our Common Future? and Tehri - Two Journeys.