The East , a database documentary
Every presentation is a premiere!
Estonian Parliament, 19-23 January 2015
“The East” is a database documentary, which we are presenting here in an
The film shows the contrasts of Estonia: the industrial landscape of North-East
Estonia, picturesque nature, grim and beautiful indtustrial landscapes and the
stories of the people living there.
Our artistic vision has been to emphasise the visual point of view and to add
critical commentaries. Our main interest lies in the experimental and
innovative format, which allows us to show hidden and unexplored areas of the
The characters and locations portrayed in the film are real. We see people whose
lives are shaped by their work in the energy and oil shale companies, and whose
families are of mixed nationalities. We see the reality of people’s lives and
understand their everyday routine.
From the point of view of form, the film has two variations: linear and
interactive. The interactive format has four versions: cinematic, installative,
DVD-version and web-version. There have also been experiments with a multiuser
cinematic version, but for this exhibition we are presenting an installation
designed for a single user.
The audience can influence the duration of the film. There are four topics to
explore and to make choices: nature, industrial environment, machines, and
people. The aesthetics of the film are built on the multiscreen principle which
allows choices to be made between the active narrative and the narrative in
Project authors Raivo Kelomees, Hille Karm
Hans Gunter Lock programming
Igor Ruus camera
Chris Hales consultation
Kaileen Mägi interviews
Meelis Salujärv music
Supporters: EAS, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tartu Art College, Estonian Cultural
Endowment, IVEK, Allfilm, Froid, Faun Studios, Eesti Kroonikafilm, Tallinn
Creative Hub Makerlab
NB! ID is required for visiting the exhibition.