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The Opinionator (2003)

Original title: Meeleavaldaja

Documentary Duration 54:05

The Opinionator

Journalists write about her, politicians tremble because of her, Estonians curse her and the Security Police observes her - the energetic old woman Esja Šur organizes demonstrations, writes memorandums and claims. Even if the efficiency of all her activities is close to zero, the old lady won't give up. Esja enjoys the beauty of the game; her sense of humour becomes prominent in situations where her opponents feel confused. All this is accompanied by a court action that has gradually grown into a big case.

Director: Meelis Muhu

Keywords: activist | life in the Republic of Estonia | briskness | hitchhiking | ideological struggle | courage | helping a compatriot | co-fighter | bitterness | problems of citizenship | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) In-Ruum
Film Category Documentary, Portrait
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 54:05


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Producer Meelis Muhu
Director Meelis Muhu
Screenwriter Meelis Muhu
Cinematographer Erik Norkroos
Sound Designer Mallar Prandi
Editor Kersti Miilen

First releases

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  • in cinema: 03.02.2003 , Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia
  • at other places: 22.01.2003, Sillamäe Culture Centre, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival (Estonia), 2003, The most promising young film maker - Meelis Muhu
  • Nomination, Virgin Maali - Estonian Association of Film Journalists' Annual Award (Estonia), 2003
  • Participation, IDFA - International Documentary Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2003, Category: Debuts

Partners and Sponsors

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