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.
A documentary directed by Terje Toomistu.
Perhaps the only actually functioning system in the Soviet Union was its distinctive network of hippies. Not only did they call themselves Sistema, but this particular self-support system connecting various drop-outs across the urban underground Soviet Union formed a different kind of a hippie movement that lasted through decades. Nevertheless, to be a hippie in the Soviet Union was a serious existential choice, often with no return to ‘normal’ life. In the eyes of the KGB, the hippies were poisoned by degraded Western influences, posing a real danger to the Soviet regime and the moral construction of Homo Sovieticus.
We are wild. We are witty. We celebrate grotesque. We celebrate beauty. We hold on to cross-cultural and cross-generational communication. We love flowers, rock’n’roll and dreaming.
In the film about the Soviet hippies, we choose to break the rules and cross the barriers, rather than get stuck in any reserved and conventional way of story-telling. We believe that our relationship to the reality has to be always questioned, challenged and re-evaluated, while the values of peace and love are beyond questioning. We believe in film as a medium that leads to a variety of landscapes and states of consciousness, giving you a simultaneous joy of participation and the excitement of being on an unforeseen journey. We take you on a ride through time and space across the juxtaposed landscape of the Soviet and the endless corridors of creative minds.
If you’re a wanderer, a dreamer, a creative soul who rather opens the doors than closes them, who seeks for the unknown rather than sticks to the good old, if you question the political history that you’ve been told about and you wonder why The Beatles is still such a hit in your head and why Putin does what he does, if you believe in peace as the ultimate way of policy making and social love as the basis of everything, and you cry – why there’s still so much war and violence out there? Then you’re most certainly one of us.
Come and join our journey to fight against violence through peaceful means, celebrate creativity, hold on to our dreams and stand out for freedom of our bodies and souls, weather in thought or action, film or music, dreams or memories. Let’s rock and roll it.
1.06.2017 World Premiere, invitation only
2.06.2017 at 18.30 Special Event with guests – director Terje Toomistu, producer Liis Lepik, hippies Aksel and Sass
TV Tower (Teletorn)
Telliskivi outdoor cinema (Telliskivi välikino)
Apollo, Astri Center (Apollo, Astri keskus)
2.06.2017 at 19.30
Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)
3.06.2017 at 22.00 outdoor cinema
Paide Cultural Center (Paide kultuurikeskus)
10.06.2017 at 16.00
Paide Central Square (Paide keskväljak)
20.07.2017 at 22.00
MTÜ Hiiu Kino
14.06.2017 at 18.00
Haapsalu Cultural Center (Haapsalu Kultuurikeskus)
15.06.2017 at 18.15
Estonian Mining Museum (Eesti kaevandusmuuseum), festival “Mägede hääl”
Pärnu Museum (Pärnu muuseum)
19.07.2017 at 18.00
Elva Film Festival (Elva filmifestival)
Pärnu-Jaagupi Documentary Club (Pärnu Jaagupi dokumentaalfilmiklubi)
Kuressaare City Theather Cinema (Kuressaare Linnateatrikino)
Värska Cultural House (Värska kultuurimaja)