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Choirs and Music – Part Two

The Estonian tradition of singing and of song festivals was not forgotten in Geislingen. Very soon there were four choirs: a men’s choir and three mixed choirs. Singing helped to overcome difficulties even in the most narrow...

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Choirs and Music – Part One

I once heard a story regarding a special concert from an old Estonian man, who had been forced during the Second World War to join the German army. This man had been taken prisoner by the British at the end of the war and was...

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Clean up!

Spring cleaning is a very old tradition, practiced in many countries and cultures. Ten years ago Rainer Nõlvak gave this idea an interesting twist by organising Let’s do it. This campaign was initiated to clean up forests and...

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Walter Benjamin

While working on a new edit of the film and carefully reviewing how the interviews, footage, pictures, work together I’m becoming aware of the fact that the outcome is only one possible way of putting all different parts...

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Karl Hintzer

Karl Hintzer, an Estonian photographer, took pictures in several refugee camps in Germany after the war. Geislingen was one of the camps he visited. Geislingen was overcrowded, however, when you look at the pictures Karl Hintzer...

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Specialised jobs

In 2011 EstDocs screened a documentary titled: Roots: One Hundred Years of War and Music. This documentary, made by Katrin Laur, is about the conductor and composer Olav Roots, an Estonian refugee, who moved to Columbia in 1952...

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The mathematicians of Geislingen

I’m working on the texts for the voice-over. These texts allow me to explain some facts and figures which are not mentioned in the interviews. But there are many facts and an incredible number of figures. Everything was counted...

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Geislingen an der Steige

Last year I went with cameraman and editor Leo van Emden to Geislingen. We were well underway, and I started to recognise the landscape: gentle rolling hills, small towns and villages. On the signs we could already read...

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Repatriation

I’m writing and rewriting the script. I add information and leave information out. Every time you get a slightly different story. It is sometimes difficult to say which one is better, but it does make clear that writing is about...

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Starting the film

I learned about Geislingen refugee camp while I was working on the film about Class of 1943, about the school class of my Estonian father. One of his classmates stayed in Geislingen for some years and he had a wonderful time...

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