The @Esto2019 Programme

 

Tartu

Venue: Estonian National Museum
ERM, Muuseumi tee 2 — Jakob Hurt's Hall
Ticket: 3 EUR; Children are free

June 30
13:15 – 14:30
Klassikaaslased 1943. aastast / Class of 1943
52 minutes — Directed by Helga Merits, The Netherlands
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Class of 1943

Klassikaaslased 1943. aastast / Class of 1943 (2012)




Length 52 minutes
Director / Producer
Helga Merits / Helga Merits
Year 2012
Location The Netherlands
Guests Director Helga Merits


Film based on incredible archival footage, the Class of 1943 tells the story of young men. The Russians occupied Estonia in 1940, the Germans only a year later. Conscription remained; the Germans needed young healthy conscripts as badly as the Russians had, and so, in the summer of 1943, the boys of class 4b of the Tartu Poeglaste gymnasium were drafted into the German army. Those who didn’t comply with conscription were considered to be deserters and deserters were shot. There was no escape. The boys witnessed the horrors of the Eastern front and the hardships of the prison-camps. Miraculously some survived.

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Venelased okupeerisid Eesti 1940. aastal, sakslased vaid aasta hiljem. Ajateenistus jäi: nii sakslastel kui ka venelastel oli noori terveid ajateenijad vaja. Nii juhtuski, et 1943 aasta suvel mobiliseeriti Tartu Poeglaste Gümnaasiumi 4.b klassi poisid Saksa sõjaväkke. Need, kes ajateenistuse nõuetele ei vastanud kuulutati desertöörideks ning lasti maha. Põgeneda polnud võimalik. Poistele said osaks nii idarinde õudused kui vangilaagrite raskused. Imekombel jäid mõned siiski ellu.

June 30
15:30 – 17:00
Geislingen: Coming Home Soon
52 minutes — Directed by Helga Merits, The Netherlands
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Geislingen: Coming Home Soon

Geislingen: Coming Home Soon (2018)




Length 52 minutes
Director / Producer
Helga Merits / Helga Merits
Year 2018
Location The Netherlands
Guests Director Helga Merits


What does it mean to leave your loved ones, everything, and everyone you know behind, because war breaks out in your country and your family is in danger? Filmmaker Helga Merits (Class of 1943, The Story of the Baltic University) explores this as she chronicles the lives of some 4000 refugees, including their siblings and parents, who fled from Estonia in 1944. According to one interviewee, nobody wanted them. They ended up in Geislingen, a refugee camp in Germany, which became a small Estonia with schools, workshops, post office, hospital, newspaper, theatre, orchestra, and choirs. Their struggle to cope, overcome their circumstances, and build a positive future draws strong parallels with the refugee crisis in Europe today and provides hope and inspiration.

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Mis tunne on jätta maha oma lähedased ja kõik vana, sest alanud on sõda ning sinu pere on ohus? Helga Merits on teinud palju uurimistööd 4000 sõjapõgeniku, sealhulgas tema perekonna kohta, kes lahkusid Eestist 1944. aastal. Pagulased maandusid Geislingenis, põgenikelaagris Saksamaal, millest kujunes välja väike Eesti oma koolide, töökodade, postkontori, haigla, ajaleheagentuuri, teatri, orkestri ja kooridega. Nende püüd toime tulla, üle saada raskustest ning luua positiivne tulevik toob välja paralleele praegu kõneainet pakkuva põgenikekriisiga Euroopas.



 

Tallinn

Venue: Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL)
Telliskivi 60a/9, STL Hall
Ticket: 3 EUR; Children are free

June 28
18:45 – 19:30
Kollektsioon filme 'Miriami lood' / Collection of 'Tales of Miriam'
— Directed by Riho Unt, Sergei Kibus, Estonia
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Kollektsioon filme 'Miriami lood' / Collection of 'Tales of Miriam' (2003 - 2017)




Length 45 minutes
Director / Producer
Riho Unt, Sergei Kibus / Kerdi Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Year 2003 - 2017
Location Estonia
Guests -


Sponsored by:
Nukufilm

Miriam is stubborn 6 year old who gets into all kinds of situations with her favaorite pet Hen and her family during every day events. Come and check what's she is up toEach movie is 5 minutes. Films contain no dialogue, suitable for all small and big ferry customers!

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Miriam on väike isepäine tüdruk, kelle fantaasialend ja iseolemise soov tekitavad igasuguseid humoorikaid situatsioone ja seiklusi. Tal on lapselikud fantaasiad ja probleemid. Jah, Miriami sõbraks on inimlike iseloomujoontega kana, keda võib pidada asjaliku Miriami iseloomu peegelduseks.

June 28
19:45 – 21:15
Eia jõulud Tondikakul / Eia's Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm
— Directed by Anu Aun, Estonia
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Eia jõulud Tondikakul / Eia's Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm (2018)




Length 90 minutes
Director / Producer
Anu Aun / Maire Rosmann-Lill; Maario Masing
Year 2018
Location Estonia
Guests -


Eia's Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm is about a 10-year-old girl Eia who, due to many coincidences, has to spend her Christmas break at a Southern-Estonian farm called Phantom Owl Farm. Little Eia has no idea that she would be the one to save the forest behind the farm from being cut down by a greedy forest manager, Raivo. Eia's arrival helps two young people find love and helps Eia find out her family's biggest secret.

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Kogupere seiklusfilm räägib 10-aastasest Eiast, kelle plaanid võtavad ootamatu pöörde, kui linnatüdruk viiakse talvevaheajaks salapärasesse Lõuna-Eesti tallu. Tüdruk ei oska esialgu aimatagi, et õige pea asub ta päästma hukule määratud põlismetsa, viima kokku kaht armastavat inimest ning lahti harutama oma pere kiivalt hoitud saladust.

July 1
13:15 – 14:30
Gulag 113
478 minutes — Directed by Marcus Kolga, Canada
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Gulag 113 (2015)




Length 478 minutes
Director / Producer
Marcus Kolga / Marcus Kolga
Year 2015
Location Canada
Guests Marcus Kolga


In the summer of 1941, thousands of Estonian men were illegally mobilized into the Soviet Red Army by threat of force and violence against them and their families. In the smallest towns and larger cities, they were hastily rounded up by Soviet terror battalions and the NKVD as the Red Army prepared to retreat from the advancing German army and were sent to remote Gulag slave labour camps in the far corners of the Soviet Union.

Seventy-five years ago, during the winter of 1941-42, nearly 1/3 of them died from starvation, illness and neglect. They were worked to death in subhuman, slave labour conditions.

Gulag 113 documents the story of one survivor. His story is not unique, but it is representative of the many thousands and even millions of Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles and others, who shared similar, terrifying, experiences.

As Kremlin propagandists scurry to recast the role of Soviet terror in 20th century history, this history cannot be allowed to become another victim of Putin’s revisionism and spin.

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Dokumentaalfilm “GULAG 113” jälgib 89-aastase Kanada eestlase Eduard Kolga eluteed. Eduardil õnnestus pääseda nõukogude GULAG-ist. Film jutustab väga liigutava loo Eduard Kolga reisist Kanadast paikadesse sügaval Venemaal, kus talle ja miljonitele teistele idaeurooplastele said osaks kohutavad läbielamused 70 aastat tagasi.

Filmi kannavad Kolga muljed oma kunagiste laagripaikade külastamisest ja meenutused olnust - rängast orjatööst ja näljast Punaarmee võimu all. Need meenutused on vägagi tuttavad paljudele baltlastele, poolakatele, ukrainlastele, soomlastele ja teistele kes pidid taluma samu kannatusi Nõukogude vangilaagrites II Maailmasõja päevil.

Eestist mobiliseeritute elu ja surma kommenteerivad Irina Dubrovina, Tatjana Melnik ja Vjatšeslav Tšikin.

July 1
15:30 – 17:30
Matusepäevikud / Funeral Diaries
93 minutes — Directed by Marko Raat, Estonia
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Matusepäevikud / Funeral Diaries (2019)




Length 93 minutes
Director / Producer
Marko Raat / Ivo Felt
Year 2019
Location Estonia
Guests (TBD)


Three ministers have been invited from Estonia to serve the exile congregations in Toronto. By now, the main job of Jüri, Kalle and Mart is to bury the generation that fled Estonia in 1944. The documentary uses burials to talk about the disappearance of traditional funeral services and the profession of clergyman. The everyday life of the three protagonists tells a bigger story of church, faith and a fading émigré identity. The main characters have a modern and bright outlook on life and while practicing a past profession try to adopt to the ever-changing world where everything old and familiar slips through the fingers like handful of dust.

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Vanad tahavad, et neid maetaks emakeeles ning selleks on kutsutud kodumaalt Torontosse, kus on suurim eestlaste kogukond eksiilis, kolm vaimulikku. – Endine insener Jüri Puusaag, eks-näitleja Kalle Kadakas ja kolmandat põlve vaimulik Mart Salumäe. Iga matus peegeldab võõrasse keskkonda sattunud hingekarjastele nende endi probleeme: keerulised suhted oma lähedaste ja kogudustega, identiteedi kahestumine võõrsil elades, usu marginaliseerumine, kohanematus inglise keelses suurlinnas, surm kui ebamugav tabuteema kaasaegses “igavese nooruse” ühiskonnas.

July 2
13:00 – 14:45
Ahto. Unistuste jaht / Ahto Chasing The Dream
90 minutes — Directed by Jaanis Valk, Estonia
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Ahto. Unistuste jaht / Ahto Chasing The Dream (2018)




Length 90 minutes
Director / Producer
Jaanis Valk / Erik Norkroos
Year 2018
Location Estonia
Guests Director Jaanis Valk


Ahto Valter had a constant craving for adventure. From 1930 to 1937, the young Estonian sailor crossed the Atlantic Ocean five times in a small sailboat, becoming an instant celebrity as he broke speed records and made headlines news. Still, he thirsted for more. In 1938, Valter climbed aboard a schooner with his wife, one-and-a-half year old son, and a crew of 17 to chase his dream of sailing around the world. Weaving together rare footage, Valter’s diaries, and excerpts from an interview with his son, the film documents how Valter overcame mutiny, storms, accidents at sea, reefs, and the outbreak of World War II, returning to port 18 months later to find a changed, war-torn world, in which he could no longer go back home.

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Tõsielufilm purjetaja Ahto Valterist ja tema seiklustest keskendub mehe ümbermaailmareisile 1938–1940. Ainulaadse meresõidu filmijäädvustustele, Ahto Valteri ja tema isa Rudolfi päevikute tekstidele rajatud jutustus annab edasi kahe maailmasõja vahelisel ajal läänemaailmas valitsenud ajastu vaimu, kaasates arhiivikaadreid ja väljalõikeid ajalehtedest. Filmi avab ja lõpetab Ahto poeg Ewan Duff Walter, kes kuue nädala vanuselt koos vanematega ümbermaailmareisi alustas. Ahto Valter on inimene, kellest tänapäeval eriti palju ei teata. Poiss, mees ja meedia sündmus, kellest rääkisid suure maailmasõja eelõhtul ajalehed mõlemal pool Atlandi ookeani ja kes seejärel unustati.

July 2
15:30 – 18:30
Tõde ja Õigus / Truth and Justice
165 minutes — Directed by Tanel Toom, Estonia
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Tõde ja Õigus / Truth and Justice (2019)




Length 165 minutes
Director / Producer
Tanel Toom / Ivo Felt
Year 2019
Location Estonia
Guests Director Jaanis Valk


Young and energetic man Andres together with his wife Krõõt arrives to his new farm bought on a loan to establish their new life. Robber’s Rise must become a place, that’ll take care of the family. Household needs a lot of work and consistency – battle with nature, fate and his spiteful neighbor Pearu begins. When life deals the man more sufferings than long awaited successes, the man searches desperately for truth and justice – from court, tavern and the Bible, sacrificing his family, friends and eventually himself in the process. Dream of prosperous and nurturing Robber’s Rise descends deeper and deeper under the shadow of reality.

The film is made the frame of EV100 Programme dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

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Lootusest ja teotahtest pakatav Andres tuleb koos noore abikaasa Krõõdaga võlgu ostetud soisele talukohale uut elu rajama. Vargamäe talust peab saama koht, mis perekonna eest hoolitseb. Majapidamine nõuab palju tööd ja järjekindlust – algab elukestev võitlus nii looduse ja saatuse kui ka kiusliku naabrimehe Pearu poolt mängitavate vingerpussidega. Kui elukaar jagab Andresele enam kannatusi kui kaua oodatud tulemusi, hakkab mees üha meeleheitlikumalt otsima tõde ja õigust nii kohtust, kõrtsist kui ka Piiblist, tuues oma otsinguil ohvriks perekonna, lähikondlased ja iseenda. Unelm õitsvast ja perekonna eest hoolt kandvast Vargamäest vajub üha sügavamale reaalsuse varju.

Film valmis Eesti Vabariigi 100. sünnipäevaks.

EstDocs Festival, Toronto, 2019
EstDocs Short Film Festival, Toronto, 2019

This year's EstDocs will take place in Toronto from November 8 to 10. The Toronto Short Film Festival submission details will be presented in July, 2019.

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