Every modern person travels and we all know what tourism is all about… or do we? We are so busy dreaming about where, when & how, that we rarely ask ourselves: What did all those trips do to me in the end? Carnival Pilgrims is an exploration on the essence of the tourist experience, a cinematic tour through some of the most iconic, archetypal pilgrimage sites of the world. It takes a hard look at what is going on at these carousels of endless fun.
Mika Mattila is a Finnish filmmaker specialising on creative documentary films. Mattila emphasises in his work the global perspectives in terms of subject matters, collaborators as well as the audiences. Mattila divides his time between the roles of director and cinematographer. He is the founder of the Helsinki-based production company Ideasthetic.