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EstDocs Film Festival Toronto

Friday, October 16, 8:30pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Sponsored by Estonian Toronto Credit Union   Toronto Eesti Ühispank
Estonian Toronto Credit Union
DIRECTOR | Ólafur Rögnvaldsson
YEAR | 2015
LENGTH | 55 minutes
LANGUAGE | Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, English, w/English subtitles

*contains violent images, viewer discretion is advised

When Mikhail Gorbachev rose to power in 1985, his reform policy sparked an independence movement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. But as the Baltic states’ claims for independence from Soviet occupation were met with silence from the internationalcommunity in the years 1989–1991, the Icelandic minister of foreign affairs Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson single-mindedly advocated for a “new security order.” The screenwriter of Those Who Dare, Kolfinna Baldvinsdóttir, reveals the personal story of her father’s involvement as a spokesman for democracy in Europe and in challenging a WWII legacy in Europe as Iceland’s former minister of foreign affairs.

Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, endine Islandi välisminister sattus 1991. aastal enesegi jaoks mõneti ootamatult ajaloosündmuste näitelavale ning sai hiljem Baltimaade hääleks rahvusvahelisel areenil. Augustiputši järel astus väike Island esimesena suure sammu, taastunnustades Eesti Vabariiki juba kaks päeva pärast iseseisvuse väljakuulutamist. Hannibalsson kutsus kolme Balti riigi välisministrid kohe Islandile ning 26. augustil kirjutasid nad Reykjavíkis alla ühisdeklaratsioonile diplomaatiliste suhete kehtestamiseks. Lugu kõigist neist, kes julgesid midagi ära teha siis, kui teised olid vait.

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