On Thursday, 5th March 2020 a documentary screening of ‘Soviet Hippies’ by director Terje Toomistu at The Cube Microplex in Bristol followed by Q&A with Vladimir Wiedemann.
Soviet Hippies is (2017) a research driven documentary, an anthropological insight about the little known hippie movement in Soviet Union, produced in Estonia in collaboration with Germany and Finland. The film reveals unseen archives, incredible music from the Soviet underground, psychedelic animations, vivid editing and, of course, the historical story of the vast yet unknown movement.
The film has been circulating at nearly 30 film festivals globally and has won several awards and mentions.
A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement take you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s. In search of freedom and happiness under the thumb of political regimes a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own system in the Soviet Union. Years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road journey to Moscow where people still gather annually on the 1st of June to commemorate a tragic event in 1971, when thousands of hippies were arrested by the KGB.