The hippie movement that captivated hundreds of thousands of young people in the West had a profound impact on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Within the Soviet system, a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own system, which connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom for their bodies and souls.
More than 40 years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road trip to Moscow where the hippies still gather annually on the 1st of June for celebration that is related to the tragic event in 1971, when thousands of Soviet hippies were arrested by the KGB. The journey through time and dimensions goes deep into the psychedelic underground world in which these people strived for freedom.
Documentary | Estonia 2017 | 75' | Director & Writer: Terje Toomistu | Associate Producer: Juliane Fürst
The film will be shown in the original languages (Estonian, Russian, Ukranian, English) with English subtitles.
Free entry, please register for the event: email@example.com. Entrance is only possible with proof of vaccination or recovery (2G rule applies).
Terje Toomistu is an anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker from Estonia, currently employed as a research fellow at the University of Tartu, Institute of Cultural Research, holding a Noor-Eesti Grant awarded by the Postimees Fund.
Her primary areas of research expertise are Indonesian gender and sexuality and late Soviet non-conformist youth. Since 2011, she has been running a multimedia project focusing on late Soviet youth counter-culture, specifically the Soviet hippie movement. The project includes the production of a documentary film, an internationally traveling exhibition, a soundtrack release on vinyl, and a forthcoming book.