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Once You Mock the Field ... (1981)

Original title: Narri põldu üks kord

Documentary Duration 30:30

The documentary is dedicated to land improvement, agricultural tools and the peculiarity of Estonian soil - the non-chernozemic zone. A special attention is being given to melioration and soil preparation, but also to the rational use of soil preparation tools in bigger production enterprises. Human relation to the prepared land is being viewed, namely the moments of alienation of the relation. The filmmakers have chosen publicist means of expression both in image and in text.

Director: Enn Säde

Keywords: historical continuity | slash-and-burn cultivation | building a drainage | campaigns | interview | welding | real estate problems | ditchdigging | ploughing with a horse | ploughing with tractor | View all »

Photos and Galleries (11)

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Tallinnfilm
Color bw
Sound sound
Film Category Documentary, Problem oriented
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Duration 30:30


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Director Enn Säde
Screenwriter Edvin Nugis | Jüri Müür
Cinematographer Peeter Ülevain | Arvo Vilu
Composer Tõnu Naissoo
Editor Enn Säde
Content Editor Uno Heinapuu
Managing Director Karl Levoll

First releases

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  • at other places: 12.01.1982, Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture and Lan, Estonia
  • on television: 28.01.1982, ETV, Estonia
  • in cinema: 14.04.1982, Cinema House, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, USSR Film Festival (USSR), 1982, 2nd Prize and diploma - Best Documentary
  • Award, Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Rakvere Film Club, USSR), 1982, 1st Place and award by Vilde collective farm
  • Award, North-West Region of the Russian SFSR Competition of Agricultural Films (USSR), 1982, 2nd Prize and diploma - Best Documentary

Partners and Sponsors

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