Russian granfather and Estonian grandaughter - the two embark on a journey across the grandfather`s homeland of Russia to discover each other. Virtually strangers when they begin, they learn much about each other likenesses and diffirences by the conclusion of their trek. The film explores the concept the even though years and geographical differences may seemingly separate two individuals, family relationship are bone-deep and always surface in the heart.
A story about Kihnu - a remote island somewhere in the Baltic Sea and its women - strong, beatiful and always smiling.In spite of the pressure of modern progress, they have kept alive their ancient traditions. But for how long?
In the Footsteps of Middendorff
In the middle of the 19th century, A. T. von Middendorff, a Baltic-German scientist, led an expedition to the northernmost place of the Eurasian continent, the Taimyr Peninsula. Being equally adept in ethnology, botany and zoology, Middendorff made numerous scientific discoveries, establishing himself firmly among famous explorers of the North. 160 years later, Middendorff's journey is re-traced by a team of Estonian scientists, with the goal of recording changes in the region since the time of Mittendorf's expedition.
How does it feel to be a 10-year-old in the whirlwind of history? How does it feel to be an adult in a state that enjoys the spoils of success one day and disappears from the map the next? Silent Surrender is a film about that fatal year for Estonia, about freedom and compulsion, about the things done and left undone. Is it possible to learn from history?