Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 09, 2011

4:00 PM

(Estonia/2010—directed by Jack Kilmi)

It’s not just the year’s best title – this witty, charming, and provocative documentary recounts how in the mid 1980's, the nation of Estonia still lay firmly in the grip of the Soviet Union, and the repressive authorities controlled virtually all aspects of Estonian life. The totalitarian government's power was derived in part from their ability to censor cultural life and keep Western culture on the other side of the border. Rock and Roll was but a rumor and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda. But one day everything changed. Just a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge new television antenna was built that broadcast western signals in all directions, and suddenly the question of “Who shot J.R.?” as well as Disco and other pop culture became a raging fever. (80 min.)

“An ingenious and masterful film, funny and heartbreaking.” –Andrew O’Hehir, Salon