EstDocs Presents: Flowers From The Mount Of Olives & Class of 1943
Sunday October 20, 2013 at GEORGE IGNATIEFF THEATRE
6:00PM Reception (Cash Bar) Expect yummy kringel!
All evening films include post-screening discussion led by Marek Tamm.
Flowers From The Mount Of Olives
Director: Heilika Pikkov
Length: 70 minutes
Language: Estonian w/ subtitles
Mother Ksenya is an 82-year-old Estonian nun living a contemplative existence inside a Russian Orthodox convent on the Mount of Olives, just outside of Jerusalem's Old City. Withdrawing from her fellow sisters, and soon hoping she will be granted the vow of silence, Ksenya recounts - sometimes reluctantly, but always candidly - her fascinating life's journey, from growing up a lonely child in a broken home and leaving wartime Estonia to surviving failed marriages to ultimately finding spiritual enlightenment. This beautifully shot film gives viewers a glimpse into the rarely seen world of monastic life and introduces us to an unforgettable woman.
Class of 1943
Director: Helga Merits
Length: 52 minutes
Language: English & Estonian w/ subtitles
In 1943, the teenage boys of graduating class 4b of the Tartu Boys' Gymnasium did not head to jobs or university, but rather were immediately conscripted into the German army to shore up its ranks. Helga Merits' arresting documentary uses archival footage, along with letters and diaries (read by narrator Alan Morris), to chronicle the harrowing journeys of seven classmates thrown into battle hoping against all odds to save Estonia from invasion. While the film focuses on the lives of these few men, it represents an entire generation of Estonian men who were wrenched from their homeland and who hope the world will "Remember us when we are gone."