The New World - Jaan Tootsen - Estonia
The New World (Uus Maailm, 2005)
Director: Jaan Tootsen
Estonians are an interesting bunch: Full of life, full of love, and full of themselves. A group of eccentric young Estonian hippies gives warm welcome to Eurochannel viewers, with a special documentary about life in Tallinn. Karlova and Supilinn, two members of Estonia’s counter-culture, sit down with Erko Valk and Marten Kaevats for a conversation about the strange and fascinating New World Society.
Can you package madness? Can you advertise anarchy? What happens when chaos becomes marketable? The New World attempts to answer these strange questions by following the birth, life, and growing pains of an idealistic social movement over five years. What this unique documentary reveals is the anatomy of a revolution. This true story is a dramatic adventure filled with love, anarchy, and social change.Directed by Jaan Tootsen, The New World won the best film of 2011 prize from the Estonian Association of Film Journalists. Estonian public broadcaster EFF quoted leading film critic Jaan Ruus saying that the film “shows a need for something natural and completely earnest, and a quest for an alternative lifestyle.”
Tallinn’s New World Society is a place for idealistic young Estonians to let their freak flags fly. Some consider these young rebels to be delinquents; some see them as an irresponsible bunch of hippies, but a rare few see them as heroes. They got their start as anarchistic urban guerrillas, whose mission was to fight for a cleaner, car-free environment using any means necessary.
They caused no small number headaches for the police as a result. For years these dedicated youngsters toiled in obscurity, falling in and out of trouble, until one day they found themselves receiving recognition, attention and most importantly funding. The same cops and judges who previously forced our heroes to write letters of apology to the courts were suddenly patting them on the shoulder. But what does it mean for a group of young anarchists when the Powers That Be approve of them?
Trivia:• The New World won the best film of 2011 prize from the Estonian Association of Film Journalists.