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Shusha

A heart-warming portrait documentary “Shusha” explores in intimate atmosphere the daily life of Stanislav Stanislavovich Shushkevich, the first head of state of Belarus. What is his daily routine like and what is on mind of a man, who a quarter of a century ago initiated Belavezha accords, signed by Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, which were the basis to effectively dissolve
the Soviet Union.

Shushkevich, who every now and then likes to play Vyssotski’s earlier songs on a piano just to himself or his closest friends, is one of the Great Men of contemporary history, whose ‘domino effect’ initiative caused a geopolitical shift in Europe.

However, what Shushkevich himself considers as his greatest achievement is not sending ‘a sixth of the planet’ to meet its maker but making a post-independent Belarus a nuclear weapon free state. “Shusha” is a positive story about a theme of remaining a human being.

Other important themes include the position of ethnicity, language and culture, for the Belarusians, Russians and Ukrainians differ from each other quite a bit regarding mentality, culture and social attitudes.

Stanislav Stanislavovich Shushkevich is the first head of state of Belarus, who holds doctorate degrees in both Physics and Mathematics. In the early 1960’s he taught Russian to Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged would-be murderer of the President John F. Kennedy, while he was working in Minsk at the electronics plant Gorizont. In December 1991, Shushkevich, along with the Russia’s then leader Boris Yeltsin and Ukraine’s then head of state Leonid Kravchuk, signed the so-called Belavezha accords that effectively dissolved the Soviet Union and formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The authoritarian government of Belarus paid him pension until 2016 mere 33 euro cents per month.

Shushkevich has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Authors

Aivar Valdre has been for more than two decades the chief editor of foreign desk at Baltic News Service (BNS) news agency in Estonia.

Lauri Lippmaa is an Estonian filmmaker with educational background both in political science and screenwriting and has worked for seven years as a foreign desk editor at BNS.

Authors: AIVAR VALDRE, LAURI LIPPMAA
Cinematographer: LARISSA KABERNIK
Editor: KERSTI MIILEN
Sound designer: KRISTJAN KURM
Composer: SVEN SOSNITSKI
Producer: ANNELI AHVEN
Production: KOPLI KINOKOMPANII
69 min / DCP / Estonia 2016

Get in touch

Anneli Ahven, producer
Ph. +372 5562 2041
E-mail: anneli@kinokompanii.ee

3, 2, 1 – Nice jump

Toomas Talts spends most his time outdoors. He is the only person who does base jumping in Estonia. Thrilling jumps take place 50-200 metres high without a parachute.  Why is it necessary to put one’s life to danger? To whom and what needs to be proved?

For Estonian National TV

Director, photographer and editor: Mihkel Soe
Composer Rein Fuks
Producer: Kaspar Kaljas (Kopli Kinokompanii)
Production: OÜ Rottfilm
Length: 00:27:32

Get in touch

Anneli Ahven, producer
Ph. +372 5562 2041
E-mail: anneli@kinokompanii.ee

Time is here

Joonas, Karit, Doris and Fred are seven years old and will start going to school. They live in different spots in Estonia – Tallinn, Tiduvere, Tudulinn and Võru. They are all different children with different schools and teachers. Yet, time is the same for all of them, passing by the same way. Where will they be at the end of their first schoolyear?

Original title: Aeg algab siin
Director: Marje Jurtšenko
Duration 75:00
Documentary
(2010)

Get in touch

Anneli Ahven, producer
Ph. +372 5562 2041
E-mail: anneli@kinokompanii.ee