Documentary on Up-And-Coming Tallinn Neighborhood Wins Award ({{commentsTotal}})

Jaan Tootsen (second from the left) with the cast of his award-winning documentary
Jaan Tootsen (second from the left) with the cast of his award-winning documentary Source: Photo: Courtesy of Sõpruse Kino

Jaan Tootsen's documentary film "Uus maailm" (New World) won the European award at the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival held in Brussels from May 31 to June 6.

“Uus Maailm” is about a group of active young people who find ways to bring new life to their Tallinn neighborhood, a press release from the Estonian Film Institute said.

A description of the film says: “Some consider them noisy disturbers of the peace; some see them as an irresponsible bunch of hippies, and still others think they are heroes. They began as anarchist urban guerrillas, whose mission was to fight for a cleaner and car-free environment by legal and illegal means, thereby creating headaches for the police and the vigilant citizenry. But one day, recognition, attention and funding arrive. Those who previously forced our main characters to write letters of explanation were now approvingly patting them on the shoulder.”

The festival also featured another Estonian film, Madli Lääne's "Saarte värvid" (Colors of the Islands).