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Year of the Dragon (1988)

Original title: Draakoni aasta

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Documentary Duration 58:15

The year of 1988 in Estonia was exceptional- it came as a surprise for everyone that all of a sudden national symbols were allowed; expressions of no confidence were addressed towards the leaders of Communist Party and Estonian government; the Popular Front of Estonia and Estonian Green Movement but also the Intermovement (the Workers International Movement of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic) were founded. Estonian Heritage Society restored the monuments of the War of independence; the facts about war crimes during the Stalinist regime were disclosed and - imagine that! - the representatives of Estonian Republic went against the central ...

Director: Andres Sööt

Keywords: public disclosure | queue at the gas station | Communist Party of Estonia | special shop | emotional expressions | meetings in Hirvepark | ginkgo | meetings of Interfront | patriotic songs | struggle for independence | 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, Russian
Voiceower Estonian, Russian, Finnish
Subtitles English
Duration 58:15


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Director Andres Sööt
Screenwriter Andres Sööt
Cinematographer Andres Sööt
Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür
Editor Marju Juhkum
Content Editor Jüri Škubel
Managing Director Sulev Saar

First releases

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  • on filmfestival: 15.-16.02.1989, Estonian Documentary Film 1989, Cinema House, Tall, Estonia
  • in cinema: 03.06.1989, Cinema Pioneer, Tallinn, Estonia
  • on television: 27.08.1989, YLE TV1, Finland

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Prize, Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Rakvere Film Club, USSR), 1989, 1st Place
  • Participation, Munich International Documentary Film Festival - DOK.FEST (Germany), 1989
  • Participation, Amsterdam Film Festival (Netherlands), 1989

Partners and Sponsors

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