Disco and Atomic War tells the story of a strange kind of information war in which a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's worldviews in those days - in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. Disco and Atomic War offers its own version of recent history, mixing spy games into a human tragicomedy.
The Art of Selling
Mr. Vain is a legendary sales training instructor in Estonia. He worked with great success in the US for six weeks as a door-to door book peddler. Mark is inviting young active people to a meeting promoting the prospect of becoming successful salesmen in America. A middle-aged widow has lost her money and self-esteem. Now she is trying to overcome the depression by beginning a new life as a Tupperware sales representative. Art of Selling chronicles the impact of fundamental changes taking place in post-Communist societies that force people to seek new means to guide them through life.
Beauty of the Fatherland
This film is a part of "gender Montage: Paradigms from post-soviet space" documentary collection, supported by Network Women`s Program of Open Society Institute and Institute for Social and gender Policy (ISGP). The film`s main characters - Anne Eenpalu, creator of the girlscout troupe Daughters of Estonia, and ex-Miss Estonia Tiina Jantson, organizer of beauty contests for women and children - would seem to embody opposing values and viewpoints.
Nazis and Blondes
What was the role of Baltic film actors in creating the figure of the enemy in Soviet cinema? Many generations of Soviet people were raised in the spirit of Soviet war films. It is a fact that most Nazi villains in Soviet war movies were played by Baltic actors. This film follows the development of the enemy's figure in Soviet film and the role of Baltic actors in creating it.
The Revolution that Wasn't
The Russian opposition, fragmented by different extreme ideas, was faced with a dilemma before the 2008 presidential elections: whether to remain in history, or to get lost in it. This film is a story told from inside the Russian oppositon. This is also the story of a Russian revolutionary, who shot into the political fight, grabbed the leadership role while the real party leader was in prison, and had his moment of glory; later to lose his comrades' trust and be degraded down to a mere party member. He withdraws to a monastery.
A Living Force
The playful documentary The Living Force follows the struggle of three men, very different in their outlook on life - Georg - a loser, Peeter - an intellectual, and Arto - a yuppie, in society that is built on success and power. The film about work, laziness, dignity and despair.
The New World
How to create an urban living space? How to change the world/your neighborhood? How to make the revolution? This film is about the New World Society, a citizens’ initiative in Tallinn, Estonia. The New World is an observational documentary. It follows the main characters and the dynamics of their revolution from the very beginning of it - four years ago. We see euphoria, passion, compromises, frustration, hurt feelings and broken hearts. It is the anatomy of one revolution.
Tallinn Spicy Sprats. The Canned Tales.
This fresh documentary tragicomedy investigates the relationship between the city and its residents by recreating the personal stories and dreams of 12 ordinary people. In the film meet the stories of the living and the dead, memories and city legends, children and skeletons. All these different stories are connected by a five-hundred-year-old murder story that occurred in the old Tallinn. This old story - a story about justice and equality - is recreated for our camera by 12 ordinary Tallinn residents. This is a story about a city that has attracted peasants escaping from serfdom, girls from small towns dreaming of jobs at the Tallinn Department Store, dropouts trying to work on construction sites during the real estate boom, and vulnerable artistic souls that felt stifled in their home villages. Not to mention all kinds of other wastrels and wheeler dealers, who have settled here at various times. All of them unanimously declare, “Yes! The city air makes one free!”
The Circus Tour
Estonia has never had its own circus. In the 21st century, a time when the role of circus animals is being questioned, a businessman Lauri Viikna lives in his own circus dream world. A few years ago, a group of animal rights activists formed to fight against the treatment of animals in circuses. The activists follow the circus tour around and organize protests, inciting people to boycott the circus. Physical opposition may find resolution, but how do you resolve irreconcilable differences in worldviews? We follow both the charismatic circus director Lauri Viikna and the protests of animal rights activists. But, in the end, the Hand of God has His say.
LOG. From trash to trend. A documentary about one fashion designer’s initiative to change the fashion industry’s environment-gluttonizing nature with an ethical way to produce clothing. SHORT. We live in an era of global consumption where the speed of consumption keeps increasing. It’s not secret that the fashion industry is at the forefront of this consumerist rally. The result is a perishing environment and imperceptibly large amounts of waste. Therefore, Reet Aus wants to raise people’s awareness about the chances of upcycling and redesign. This means using textile waste and reconfiguring it in smart ways, thereby challenging the fashion industry at its core: Thousands of factories in the third world don’t only produce clothing for different large companies, but also tons of textile waste that travels straight to landfills (or into nature, if there are no landfills); If unsold jeans from big retailers are cut into pieces and thrown in trash bins to free up space for new products, why not re-design dresses from the unsold jeans instead? In our film, trash is fashion. It is the black conscience hidden behind the fashion industry’s radiant smile.