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  • Funeral Diaries
    Funeral Diaries

    Original title: Matusepäevikud

    2019 | Documentary | Director: Marko Raat

    The daily bread of ministers of small congregations is not sermons in the church; it is constant work with the old and the dying. A holy man who has been removed from his friends and peers and suddenly transplanted into another culture is often lonely and broken himself.

  • Snowbirds
    Snowbirds

    Original title: Kliimapagulased

    2018 | Documentary, Portrey | Director: Maria Uppin, Robi Uppin

    Ave Nahkur, the author of the Ladies of Our Village (Meie Küla Eided) picture series, decides to make a change in her life and move from her home village in Estonia to one of the Spain's Canary Islands. The documentary tries to find out how difficult it is to leave all familiar paths in one's homeland and whether this decision can be right at all.

  • Why Don't I Leave?
    Why Don't I Leave?

    Original title: Miks ma siis ei lähe?

    2018 | Documentary | Director: Liina Särkinen

    Three Estonian women in London (not to mention the children).

  • Paradise Behind the Fence
    Paradise Behind the Fence

    Original title: Lumi punasel lagedal

    2017 | Documentary, Problem oriented | Director: Aljona Suržikova, Julia Ishakova

    The preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, include big changes to the area. Do the small villages in the neighbourhood manage to stay alive and retain their everyday routine?

  • Land of Soul
    Land of Soul

    Original title: Hingemaa

    2016 | Documentary | Director: Kullar Viimne, Erik Norkroos

    The oldest, almost century-old Estonian church in America is about to fall apart.

  • A Lady in Paris
    A Lady in Paris

    Original title: Eestlanna Pariisis

    2012 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Ilmar Raag

    Drama directed by Ilmar Raag about two Estonian ladies in Paris - an elderly city woman and a plain woman coming from a small town who starts working for the elderly one. The human connection that arises from their relationship gives a new meaning to the lives of both women. Leading roles are played by the legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau and Laine Mägi.

  • Folk you!
    Folk you!

    Original title: Folk juu!

    2012 | Documentary, Observation | Director: Andres Keil

    Colourful characters and moments from the 20th Viljandi Folk Music Festival.

  • Love remains, love returns
    Love remains, love returns

    Original title: Armud jäänud, armud tulnud

    2012 | Documentary | Director: Tõnu Virve

    Vahur Linnuste, an expatriate Estonian living in Paris, has promoted Estonian spirit, nation and culture abroad for many decades. He tells his colourful story of life and expresses his opionion about the backgrounds of politics in Europe and the whole world that have influenced the development of the Republic of Estonia.

  • Roots: One Hundred Years of War and Music
  • Our Estonian House
    Our Estonian House

    Original title: Meie Eesti Maja

    2008 | Documentary, Problem oriented | Director: Andrus Mets

    Young men dream about Estonian House in Ireland and try to get local Estonians involved in their plans.

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