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The Russians on Crow Island (2012)

Original title: Varesesaare venelased

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Documentary Duration 73:00

The Crow Island on the River Narva was the place where Krenholm Manufacturing Company was founded in 1857. The company provided work for 13 000 employees during its best days. The textile factory was closed for good in 2010. During the past few decades, more than ten thousand workers have lost their job. Younger Russians, the descendants of the generation of Krenholm employees, living in Narva tell their dreary story of life. Their harsh monologues tell about abandonment, street life, alcohol, drugs and prison. Most of them have grown up with severe mental and physical traumatic experiences. They have no ...

Director: Sulev Keedus

Keywords: poetry by A. Alliksaar | AIDS | alcohol consumption | car ride | talking about one's life | self-pity | self-destructive lifestyle | humanitarian aid | god | Word of God | View all »

Photos and Galleries (3)

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Videos (1)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) F-Seitse
Film Category Documentary, Problem oriented
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Subtitles Estonian, English, Russian
Duration 73:00


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Producer Kaie-Ene Rääk
Director Sulev Keedus
Screenwriter Sulev Keedus
Cinematographer Sulev Keedus
Sound Designer Ivo Felt
Editor Kaie-Ene Rääk

First releases

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  • at other places: 30.03.2012, KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 12.09.2012, ETV, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 2012, The Film of the Year 2012 (shared with feature film Mushrooming by Toomas Hussar)
  • Prize, Annual Award of Estonian Cultural Endowment (Estonia), 2012, To Sulev Keedus
  • Participation, DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland), 2012

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm