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The first movie in the world in Seto language is about a lucid hero of a small nation – a minstrel Hilana Taarka. Woman who lived her entire life as a scum of society in a house without a chimney; a single mother who lived in poverty, begging and doing odd jobs and singing. She always sang the truth, sometimes bitter, sometimes funny and sometimes cruel songs. She was feared and disgraced, despised and desired. Taarka sang through her unbelievable life, above her destiny, out of the small Seto village to an international recognition. And she sang well. Very well.

Taarka became a Mother of Singing, a legend.

But as a woman, member of the community, the Seto people never admitted. 

Taarka – despised woman and cherished singer.

Director: Mart Kivastik
Writers: Kauksi Ülle, Ain Mäeots, Hardi Volmer, Elo Selirand
Cinematography: Elen Lotman
Art director: Elo Soode
Sound producer: Ants Andreas


Inga Salurand, Siiri Sisask, Marje Metsur, Kaarel Oja, Tõnu Oja, Mikko Nousiainen, Helena Merzin, Riina Maidre, Inara Luigas, Peeter Oja, Liina Tennossaar, Toomas Lõhmuste, Peeter Volkonski

Language:Estonian, Finnish
Release date: 11 August, 2008


Hamburg – Agenda 08
Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa

Technical specifications
35 mm/99 min/Dolby Digital/1:1,85/Exitfilm 2008

Get in touch

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