In 1971 a new television tower in Helsinki enabled the Estonian neighbours to receive Finnish TV. As a result, antennas sprouted from the rooftops in and around Tallinn by the thousands. Estonians were introduced to disco shows, freestyle dancing and Dallas. But the Estonian government struck back! A jamming transmitter was developed to stop the enemy transmissions. In the exact moment when J.R. was shot! A gripping documentary film about the struggle and subsequent defeat of a totalitarian system versus pop culture.
JAAK KILMI (*1973) studied film direction in Tallinn and made numerous commercials before turning to documentaries. The Dissidents is his third feature.
Disko ja tuumasõda
Estonian, Finnish, English, Russian
Kiur Aarma, Jaak Kilmi
Gerda Viira, Oskar Vuks, Toomas Pool, Jaan-Joosep Puusaag
Manfred Vainokivi, Kristjan Svirgsden, Asko Kase
Ardo Ran Varres
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