If you thought the hardest part of establishing a nation was getting rid of an unwanted occupier, you haven’t seen this startling documentary by Raimo Jõerand and Kiur Aarma. With a humor as frantic as the often absurd situation it covers, the film makers show through period footage and exclusive interviews how Estonia put together a fledgling cabinet in the 1990s with infinitely more goodwill than money, how some of its closest neighbors refused to extend loans for diplomatic reasons, and how the government finally raised survival money through an unorthodox (and ironically vengeful) means.

U.S. Premiere Screening

Screening date & time: Saturday, October 20, 4:00 pm

Q&A following screening with the film’s director, Raimo Jõerand

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Directors: Raimo Jõerand   and Kiur Aarma

Runtime: 77 min

Language: Estonian/English with English subtitles

Estonia - 2018


About The Director:

Raimo Jõerand - Born in July 15, 1972 in Tallinn. Freelance scriptwriter and film director, lecturer of several courses about documentary, film editing and scriptwriting in Estonian universities. 2006-2012 worked at Estonian Film Institute as a Documentary and Development Consultant. 2013-2015 President of Estonian Cultural Endowment Audio-Video Department.

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About The Director:

Kiur Aarma - born on 25 June 1975 in Tallinn, Estonia. Film producer and screenwriter. Kiur has studied semiotics and cultural theory in Tartu University and script-writing at Baltic Film and Media School master class. Has worked as host for several talk-shows 1997 - 2007. He is one of the founders of production company RUUT, in which he has produced numerous TV programs and several documentaries. From 2008 works with Traumfabrik.