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Emissaries (1974)

Original title: Emissarid

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Documentary Duration 20:55

Propaganda film constructs an ideological character of an enemy even if the borderlines of the portrait are vague and scattered: the foreign tourists visiting Tallinn, nameless representatives of religion from Estonia and abroad. Photo and film frames introduce the degradation of the Western society. As the filmmakers provide their resume: while fighting against the Communist ideology USA intelligence has admitted that the church is an effective means of fight - it helps to filter in the enemy's territory and to guarantee a base for fifth column activities. The documentary shows Finnish tourists who bring with them religious literature, mostly Bibles ...

Director: Semjon Školnikov

Keywords: atheism | diversion act | ideological propaganda | church | missionary work | neon advertising | Soviet time | Soviet ideology | anti-Sovietism | Biblical quotes | 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
Voiceower Estonian
Duration 20:55


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Director Semjon Školnikov
Screenwriter Klaus Mikko | Ivan Nelson | Eduard Peters
Cinematographer Viktor Školnikov
Editor Helju Sõerd
Content Editor Jaan Kruusvall
Managing Director Edgar Dzidzaria

Partners and Sponsors

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