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  • Film programme "Pärnu International Film Festival presents 1"

    W 10.02 Time 18.00

    OAK #419
    Dir: Robert Harding Pittman, USA, Germany, 2006, 40’
    In English with Estonian subtitles

    Oak #419 is about the protest movement led by John Quigley, who spent 71 days living in a 400 year old oak tree in Los Angeles County, to try to save it from being cut down for a new highway. The roadway is to lead to the next projected 20,000 housing unit development. The movement became much bigger than just this tree, receiving great media attention, and drawing a very diverse crowd: reporters and camera people, people in frog suits, Latino immigrants, Filippino immigrants, cheerleaders, Native Americans and even Santa Claus. Political folk musician Fred Starner, who participated in the protest, made the music for the film.
    The film is about someone having the courage to stand up for what he believes in, and about trying to reclaim democracy in today’s divided, neoconservative America. The tree became the “proverbial line in the sand” between nature, and the voracious urban sprawl of L.A. Can one weigh the value of nature against real estate development? What is “progress”? 

    TOXIC PLAYGROUND
    Dir: Lars Edman, William Johansson, Sweden, 2009, 72’
    In Swedish, Chilean and English with English and Estonian subtitles 

    Documentary about the toxic waste from the Swedish mine industry that was dumped in the town of Arica in the 80’s, northern Chile. It would cause a mayor health problem, especially for children living nearby.
    Swedish Lars (23) was studying film in Chile. He met 12-year old Yoselin, a belly dancer, who wanted to become a doctor. But her hips were beginning to crumble. Lars found out that hundreds of kids were fallen badly ill because of toxic waste brought from his home town Boliden in Sweden. Boliden, one of the biggest mining companies in the world, refused to take any responsibility for what happened. But Lars found Rolf, the former head of environment department of Boliden. Rolf admitted that his advice to the company was necessary for the decision to send the waste to Chile. Rolf decided to join Lars for his journey back to Chile. Two honest men discovered what really took place some decades ago. This is a shameful lesson for Sweden as well as for many other countries.