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Film of the Week: Disco & Atomic War

Awarded at a number of festivals (Warsaw IFF, Tallinn Black Nights, etc.), Disco & Atomic War by Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Arma blends reenactments and archive footage to illustrate the impact of US TV shows and soap operas on audiences in communist Estonia. The film attended the 2007 East European Forum and the 2008 Docu Talents from the East.



Finland, Estonia 2009, 78 min
D: Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma

A family from southern Estonia visit their relatives in Tallinn. They gaze in awe at a whole new world as they watch an episode of Dallas, broadcast on Finnish TV. The TV war begins as early as in the 50s, when Estonia began television broadcasts ahead of Finland, showing Soviet propaganda and prompting a Finnish backlash. The propaganda war escalates as Disco enters the fray. Naturally, the Communist system has to retaliate with disco á la russ. People became very inventive in their ways of watching Finnish TV without a huge antenna. A thermometer worked fine, for instance. Unfortunately this destroyed the reception for all your neighbours, including the nuclear missile base. Interesting and entertaining about the cold progaganda war.

In 2007, Jaak Kilmi's film Disco & Atomic War was pitched at the East European Forum and in 2008 presented at Docu Talents from the East.


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