Celebrating 20 years of Estonian independence, this year’s EstDocs will feature a special focus on films that revisit that small country’s struggle against the powerful Soviet state. Now in its seventh year, EstDocs will run from October 14-18, screening 12 films (10 with English subtitles). Of particular interest is a rare screening of the newly-restored Year of the Dragon (Draakoni Aasta), originally filmed in 1988, a year of democratic awakening in Estonia. Quarter-million-strong all night song vigils led to a courageous declaration of Estonian sovereignty and to eventual independence as the Soviet Union collapsed. This will certainly be an emotional screening for members of Toronto’s Estonian community and would be a great way to discover the passion and unquenchable patriotism of the Estonian people. Here’s a still from the film:
Most screenings take place at Tartu College (310 Bloor St. West) and tickets are available at the door. Full program information available at the EstDocs website.