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Disco and the Atomic War

12.05.2021 19:00

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 at 7pm (BST)

Inspired by the iconic 2009 Estonian documentary Disco and the Atomic War, join us for an evening of live conversation at this digital Dash Café, exploring borders, propaganda and censorship – plus a spot of disco-dancing.

Enjoy excerpts from the film and conversation from speakers including Estonian TV journalist and Disco and Atomic War co-producer and co-screenwriter Kiur Aarma; Soviet-born British journalist and author Peter Pomerantsev; former ambassador of Finland to Estonia Kirsti Narinen; and political analyst and Counterpoint director Catherine Fieschi.

Image credit: a still from the 2009 documentary film Disco and the Atomic War.

Take the disco fever up a notch and stay for a mass disco-dancing session at the end with Sara ‘Ditzy Ritzy’ Templeman!

UPDATE: Bookers of the event now have access to watch the full documentary for free until the end of May 2021. The viewing link will be emailed after booking.

Playful and provocative documentary Disco and the Atomic War (Winner of Best Documentary at Warsaw International Film Festival) by Jaak Kilmi recounts the Soviet Union’s repressive grip of Estonia in the 80s. Much of Soviet power derived from its ability to censor cultural life. Rock and roll was but a rumour and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda – until one day, a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge television antenna was built broadcasting Western signals into the heart of Tallinn, the Estonian capital.

With support from the Embassy of Estonia in London and the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland. Part of Dash Arts’ EUTOPIA series, investigating what it means to be European.

Tickets: Pay What You Can (recommended price £6)

More information: Dash Arts

12.05.2021 19:00