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BAM – Railroad to Nowhere (2008)

Original title: BAM

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Documentary Duration 72:00

In 1974, Leonid Brezhnev, the secretary-general of the Communist Party of USSR, called for the Soviet youth to construct the 3500-kilometre-long arterial railway including a city and 200 stations in Baikal-Amur district, Russia (BAM) in order to use the immense amount of mineral resources of the area. Thousands of young people, including Estonians, went to work in Siberia, while believing in Brezhnev's idea. The railway was being constructed simultaneously from both ends and the top event was planned to be when the ends would finally meet. Brezhnev died in 1982 and BAM was not even close to completion. It was ...

Director: Jouni Hiltunen

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Allfilm, Making Movies (Finland)
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 72:00


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Producer Kaarle Aho
Co-producer Piret Tibbo-Hudgins
Director Jouni Hiltunen
Screenwriter Jouni Hiltunen
Cinematographer Heikki Tahvo Hirvonen | Jouni Hiltunen
Composer Pessi Levanto
Sound Designer Ivo Felt
Editor Anna Lakanen

First releases

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  • in cinema: 1.05.2008, Sõprus (Tallinn), Estonia
  • on television: 4.2.2009, YLE TV2, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, Visions du Réel International Film Festival (Nyon, Switzerland), 2008
  • Participation, Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Germany), 2008

Partners and Sponsors

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