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The beginning (1972)

Original title: Algus

Documentary Duration 10:20

The staged documentary is a warm and heartfelt story about activities of third-graders at the beginning of 1970s. Teacher Helle Raigna and her pupils congratulate the birthday children at the 3rd grade in Tallinn 21st Secondary School. The pupils prepare for joining the Communist pioneer movement, so they have to study the rules first. The teacher has separate conversations with some of them discussing their behaviour. The filmmakers have recorded the colourful expressions of the children as well as the school milieu reminding of the atmosphere of Estonian parish school in late 19th entury.

Director: Valeria Anderson

Keywords: opinions | honesty | shame | staying true to oneself | class | classmates | class | classroom | children at school | flowers | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian
Duration 10:20


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Director Valeria Anderson
Screenwriter Ene Hion
Cinematographer Toivo Kuzmin
Composer Arbo Valdma
Content Editor Uno Heinapuu
Managing Director Edgar Dzidzaria

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