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EstDocs 2019

EstDocs is an annual event hosted by Estonians living in Canada, presenting a juried competition of documentary films. This is accompanied by a lively and enjoyable short film competition where anyone can take part. At times, when we discover interesting directors or themes, we also offer feature long-form movies.

So far, we have showcased 56 documentaries and films, and 140 shorts produced by both professionals and our enthusiastic amateur audiences. Through this universal medium of film, we intend to entertain, challenge and provoke by introducing a new Estonian generation's approach to cinema.


Gala Event & Short Film Awards & EVERYDAY MYSTICISM

When: Friday Nov 8

Where: Estonian House -958 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

Price: $15.00 – includes reception; cash bar.

Doors open at 6 pm and short film award winners to be announced at 7 pm along with screening of the winners. Of course, coffee and kringel will be served after our feature film.

Remember: All our films are in English or have English subtitles.

This year's Gala Night is sponsored by the Estonian Credit Union.

Our opening film is EVERYDAY MYSTICISM. This documentary film is about the beauty of growing old. It is a story about an old and wise man who is preparing to leave this world and, thus, faces many personal and delicate questions. How not to loose faith in these final hours? Why are the greatest among us put through the hardest trials in the spiritual realm?

Vello Salo is a Catholic cleric in his 90s, but first and foremost, a human being: a free spirit, a man with his own quirks and tricks, not to mention a lifetime of experience and wisdom which has been well-preserved to this modern day. After leaving Estonia in 1944, Salo’s journeys took him to places all around the world: a soldier in Finland and a gardener in Sweden; a student of mathematics and physics in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and of theology in Italy.

Since 1993, he is back in Estonia, living and working as a Catholic priest at the Pirita convent. More often than not, people reach their spiritual prime during their final years. Many important questions become clear through pain and suffering only in the last chapter of life. May this film bring joy and comfort to us all!