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Alyosha (2008)

Original title: Aljoša

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Documentary Duration 67:00


After Estonia regained its independence in 1991, most of the Soviet monuments were taken down. The monument called the Bronze Soldier in the central Tallinn, however, remained to its place. People have called the monument "Alyosha" - the statue depicting a Red Army soldier was erected in 1947 in honour of the memory of Soviet soldiers killed in the World War II. For Estonian nationalists the monument was the symbol of Soviet occupation. For many Russian-speaking people, the Bronze Soldier was one of the few symbols left that connected them to Russia and Russian identity.
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Director: Meelis Muhu

Keywords: Estonian skinhead | dislocation of a statue | worldviews in conflict | memorial meeting (cemetery of the Defence Forces) | rebels | crushing an uprising | Soviet-mindedness | occupation | policies | political demonstrations | View all »

Main Data

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Production Firm(s) In-Ruum
Film Category Documentary, Problem oriented
Text / Dialogue Estonian, Russian
Subtitles Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish, German, French
Duration 67:00

First releases

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  • Premiere: 26.03.2008, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Award, Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival (Lithuania), 2009, 1st Prize
  • Participation, CRONOGRAF - International Documentary Film Festival (Chişinău, Moldova), 2008
  • Participation, World Film Festival (Tartu, Estonia), 2008

Partners and Sponsors

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