DISCO & ATOMIC WAR
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.