EstDocs Film Festival 2015

EstDocs Film Festival 2015

October 15 – 20, 2015

Festival Director

Kristi Sau Doughty

Number of Films


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For more than a decade the EstDocs Film Festival has introduced Estonia and Estonians to Canadian audiences, on the big screen. This year’s six days of documentary film showcase outstanding cinematic works on dance and music and provocative perspectives of global and local politics through the lenses of filmmakers from Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Finland, the Netherlands and the United States.

Arvo Pärt | Robert Wilson: The Lost Paradise features avant-garde dance
choreography by New York’s Wilson created to Pärt’s beautifully serene music, performed in an old submarine factory in Estonia.

Those Who Dare, directed by Icelandic documentarian Ólafur Rögnvaldsson, follows the chain of events and challenges leading to re-independence in the Baltic States, and how the Icelandic foreign affairs minister single-handedly persuaded Western Europe to endorse a “new security order.”

Those are but two. Other documentaries explore the making of the animated film The Maggot Feeder, based on an aboriginal Arctic fairy tale; miracles in war-torn Germany in The Story of the Baltic University; and a child’s deep dive into the fantasy world of theatre in Elizabeth’s Playground.
This year’s program’s intent is to challenge our own preconceptions and focus on Estonia’s rich culture and relentless desire to question all aspects of life.

My thanks go to all the many volunteers for their contributions in making EstDocs an annual cinematic experience for audiences. Thank you also goes to the jurors for sharing their expertise; and to the filmmakers, sponsors and funders, as Estonians say: “respekt!”

To all festival guests I wish great enjoyment and a heartwarming and memorable experience. Cue the lights!

9 Films

    EstDocs Jury

    Marc Glassman

    Marc Glassman

    Adjunct Professor

    Marc Glassman is an adjunct professor at Ryerson University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program, the artistic director of Pages UnBound, a multi-disciplinary literary festival, the editor-in-chief of POV, Canada’s leading periodical on documentary culture, and Montage, the Directors Guild of Canada’s national magazine.

    Kadriann Kibus

    Kadriann Kibus is a member of the Estonian Documentary Guild, having worked as a director, producer and editor on documentaries. Her approach to filmmaking is poetic and compassionate, appreciative of the surreal and abstract aspects of life. Kadriann’s film, The Women of Muhu Island, won the EstDocs 2014 Jury Award.

    Urmas Rosin

    Toronto-born Urmas Rosin graduated from York University with a BFA honours in film production before starting a career in sound recording in 1979. His work on Due South has been nominated for a Gemini and an Emmy. Urmas won the Cinema Audio Society award for the Joan of Arc miniseries. He is married with four adult children and works as a boom operator and recordist.


    Host, Estonian National Broadcasting Company

    Joonas Hellerma studied film and video and holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Tallinn University. He also studied philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin. For the past ten years Joonas has been a host and editor of the Estonian National Broadcasting Company, having edited five seasons of ETV’s culture magazine OP! He is the creator, host and editor of Tähelaev (Starship). Currently, Joonas hosts ETV’s weekly music program MI and for this past year the cultural talk show, Plekktrumm (Tin Drum). He has edited Ööülikool (Night University) lectures for radio, as well.

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