Dear Friends of Estonian and European Culture
Eestlased Kanadas 04 Nov 2009  EWR
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The American Film Institute (AFI) presents the 22nd annual AFI European Union Film Showcase, a selection of 39 top films from EU member states from November 5-24 at AFI Silver Theater (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910).

Please find attached the information about the festival and the screenings schedule. Please visit also AFI website which will be updated very soon.

Estonian film for this year is DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR (“Disko ja tuumasõda”) which will be screened on Sunday, November 8, at 9:45 PM and on Tuesday, November 10, at 9:00 PM.

DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR - Estonian filmmaker Jaak Kilmi (REVOLUTION OF PIGS, part of AFI’s 2006 EU Film Showcase) examines the most important factor in how the Communists lost the Cold War: the West’s one-two punch of disco music and Dallas episodes. Western pop culture, banned in countries like Estonia but easily picked up from Finnish broadcasts with the help of homemade antennas, played a major role in winning the hearts and minds of the then-Soviet citizenry for democracy, in textbook “soft power” fashion. Blending wonderful archival footage, academic interviews and deliriously funny recreations (the best being Kilmi’s rural cousin Urve reading his letters full of Dallas updates to a rapt village audience) Kilmi’s eye-opening and entertaining documentary hits just the right tone between the serious and the surreal. DIR/SCR Jaak Kilmi; SCR/PROD Kiur Aarma. Estonia/Finland, 2009, color and b&w, 80 min. In English, Estonian, Finnish and Russian with English subtitles.
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