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  • Christ Lives in Siberia
    Christ Lives in Siberia

    Original title: Kristus elab Siberis

    2015 | Observation, Documentary | Director: Arbo Tammiksaar, Jaak Kilmi

    Director Arbo Tammiksaar together with his family moved to live in a Vissarions' village in Siberia for a year, in order to follow the daily life of the religious community.

  • Life on the Mother River
    Life on the Mother River

    Original title: Emajõe veemaailm

    2015 | Nature, Documentary | Director: Remek Meel

    Little Aleksander Remek together with his filmmaker dad discover the world of the ancient River Emajõgi (Mother River in Estonian).

  • Graveyard Keeper's Daughter
    Graveyard Keeper's Daughter

    Original title: Surnuaiavahi tütar

    2011 | Full lenght feature, Feature film | Director: Katrin Laur

    The feature film directed by Katrin Laur tells the story of a girl who grows up in a periphery of Estonia, in the middle of unemployment and alcoholism. Her parents are unable to lead a good life and without love, hope and grace their family would be broken.

  • Regilaul - Songs of the Ancient Sea
    Regilaul - Songs of the Ancient Sea

    Original title: Regilaul - laulud õhust

    2011 | Music Documentary, Documentary | Director: Ulrike Koch

    This richly shot film explores an ancient singing tradition in modern Estonia, weaving together people and nature through song.

  • The Kaplinski System
    The Kaplinski System

    Original title: Kaplinski süsteem

    2011 | Portrey, Documentary | Director: Raphaël Gianelli-Meriano

    The documentary co-directed by Estonian and French filmmakers portray Jaan Kaplinski - a man behind words.

  • This is the Day
    This is the Day

    Original title: See on see päev

    2011 | Portrey, Documentary | Director: Kersti Uibo

    “THIS IS THE DAY” captures the flow and simple beauty of daily life in a monastery standing on a hill above the Serbian village of Velika Hoca in Kosovo.

  • Keepers of Seven Powers
    Keepers of Seven Powers

    2010 | Nature, Documentary | Director: Rein Maran

  • The Measure of Man
    The Measure of Man

    Original title: Inimese mõõt

    2010 | Problem oriented, Documentary | Director: Marianne Kõrver

    Is the global environmental crisis concerning just our environment or is it also the crisis of our habits, expectations and values?

  • Jade Warrior
    Jade Warrior

    Original title: Igavese armastuse sõdalane

    2006 | Full lenght feature, Feature film | Director: Antti-Jussi Annila

    The romantic martial arts film by Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila brings together the myths of the epic "Kalevala" and Buddhist ethics while telling the story about human yearning for love that can conquer the ancient evil.

  • Mindless
    Mindless

    Original title: Meeletu

    2006 | Full lenght feature, Feature film | Director: Elmo Nüganen

    The film directed by Elmo Nüganen is based on the play "Mindless" by Jaan Tätte, telling about the protagonist who makes up his mind to leave his successful life and move to a completely different place.

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Eesti parim kolmanda sektori e-teenus 2015

Republic of Estonia Information System Authority jury comprising industry experts selected the Estonian Film Database to be the winner in civil society e-services category for 2015

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