Estonian Film Days Make Munich Debut

17. March 2011

The Estonian Film Days, a festival that highlights Estonian-produced documentaries, fiction films and videos, opened in Munich for the first time on March 17.

The films chosen for the four-day program will introduce German audiences to Estonia's cultural identity and reflect the nation's history.

Among the films to be screened are documentaries such as "Atomic War and Disco," which explores life in the Soviet era and earned the best feature-length documentary award at the International Czech documentary festival, and "Singing Revolution" which depicts how Estonia regained its independance in 1991. 

According to organizers, the idea for the festival sprang from a belief that the long distance between Bavaria and Estonia should not be an obstacle to spreading the message of the European Capital of Culture, which this year is Tallinn.

In addition to the screenings, the event also includes meetings with filmmakers and audience discussions.