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  • Silent Surrender
    Silent Surrender

    Original title: Ma elasin Eesti Vabariigis

    2010 | Documentary, Observation | Director: Liina Triškina-Vanhatalo

    Documentary by Liina Triškina about the year of 1939 that was fateful for the republic of Estonia. The film studies the subjects of freedom and critical situations, doings and undoings.

  • Teardrop of Evil
    Teardrop of Evil

    Original title: Saatana pisar

    1993 | Feature film, Full lenght feature | Director: Marek Piestrak

    The feature film is an Estonian-Polish co-production directed by Polish filmmaker Marek Piestrak. It tells about the struggle against an evil conspiracy in Estonia in August 1939.

  • Südamelaul
    Südamelaul

    1991 | Documentary | Director: Kersti Uibo

  • Eesti põlevkivi
    Eesti põlevkivi

    1980 | Newsreels, Newsreels 1940 II half-1991 | Director: Toivo Elme, Elo Tust

  • NYC World Fair, Shriners Parades, Rose Garden of Elizabeth Park
    NYC World Fair, Shriners Parades, Rose Garden of Elizabeth Park

    Original title: New Yorgi maailmanäitus, Shrinersi paraadid, Elizabethi pargi roosiaed

    1956 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director:

    World Fair in New York City in 1939, Shriners Parade in Harford in 1950, family Baltsar in Elizabeth Park on June 21st, 1956.

  • Birth of Estonia's Independence
    Birth of Estonia's Independence

    Title in Estonian: Eesti iseseisvuse sünd

    1950 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director: Harald Perten

    Documentary by Harald Perten about the birth of the Republic of Estonia.

  • Linar-Linholm Chronicles No. 2
    Linar-Linholm Chronicles No. 2

    Original title: Linari-Linholmi kroonika nr 2

    1946 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director:

    The life of the Linholm family in prewar Estonia. Emigrating to Sweden on a ship in 1944. Daily life during the postwar years.

  • Tallinn Primary School No. 20
    Tallinn Primary School No. 20

    Original title: Tallinna 20. algkool

    1940 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director:

    Construction of Tallinn Primary School No. 20 in 1939. Emptying of the building in the summer of 1940.

  • Berkshire music festival Tanglewood. Ludvig Luht playing contrabass
    Berkshire music festival Tanglewood. Ludvig Luht playing contrabass

    Translation into Estonian: Berkshire'i muusikafestival Tanglewood. Ludvig Luht kontrabassil

    1939 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director:

    Chronicles about Berkshire music festival, Benson private zoo and flower show in Vermont.

  • Boston Estonian Society Picnic in Warwick in 1939
    Boston Estonian Society Picnic in Warwick in 1939

    1939 | Amateur film, Newsreel | Director:

    Boston Estonian Society's summer festival in Warwick (1939) and life in the farm of the Kuusik family (1950).

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The database is maintained by NGO Estonian Film Database. It was opened on 12.12.2012 and is meant for providing information about the whole Estonian film heritage from 1912. We plan fully complete it by 2022 but already now full and partial entries for about 16 000 films, 9000 filmmakers and more than 200 production companies could be retrieved in Estonian and partly in English. Translation of film descriptions and keywords into English is an ongoing process. Read more detailed overview.

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