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Soviet Hippies (2017)

Original title in Estonian: Nõukogude lillelapsed

Documentary Duration 75:00

Soviet Hippies

A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s. In search of freedom and happiness under the thumb of the strict political regime a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own System in the Soviet Union. Years later, a group of eccentric hippies take a road journey to Moscow where people still gather annually on the 1st of June to commemorate a tragic event in 1971, when thousands of hippies were arrested by the KGB.

Director: Terje Toomistu

Keywords: alternative music | alternative lifestyle | alternative clothing style | alternative reality | love | hippie | hippies | KGB archive | hippies | music | View all »

Photos and Galleries (7)

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Videos (2)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Kultusfilm
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, English
Subtitles Estonian, English
Duration 75:00


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Producer Liis Lepik
Co-producer Sarita Sharma | Sami Jahnukainen | Juliane Fürst
Director Terje Toomistu
Screenwriter Terje Toomistu
Cinematographer Taavi Arus
Animator Priit Tender | Kadri-Liis Rääk
Editor Martin Männik
Content Editor Erkko Lyytinen | Martin Hübner

First releases

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  • in cinema: 02.06.2017, World Premiere, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 03.06.2017, Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia
  • on filmfestival: 18.09.2017, Love & Anarchy, Helsinki, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, EstDocs - Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2017, Jury Award
  • Award, TFF - Trieste Film Festival (Italy), 2017, Programme: Sky Arte HD -Sky Award
  • Nomination, DOK LEIPZIG - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany), 2017, International Programme - MDR Film Prize; special programme DOK Busters

Partners and Sponsors

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