The inaugural New York Baltic Film Festival continues with a screening of The Dissidents /Sangarid. This film follows a trio of Estonians who, influenced by the likes of Miami Vice reruns and starstruck by Western culture, escape Soviet occupation by fleeing to Sweden. Greeted as heroes, the three initially celebrate their freedom.

But when their 15 minutes of fame fades and they are forced to make their way in a new world, the three begin to realize that the real world is nothing like TV. (92 min. Estonia, 2017. In Estonian with English subtitles)


Jaak Kilmi was born in 1973. He graduated from the Department of Culture of Tallinn Pedagogical University, majoring in directing. He has (co-)directed and produced a string of award-winning short films; a number of documentary films and feature films. His films have received international recognition and have often been broadcast abroad.

Kilmi has acted as a member of the film commission of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Film Board, and is a member of the Estonian Association of Film Journalists (the Estonian branch of FIPRESCI) since 1995. Since 2001 he he’s taught film directing at Estonian Art Academy and at the University of Tallinn.

2018 New York Baltic Film Festival

The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been producing motion pictures since 1910. While not as well-known as those in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, their industries have met challenges in one era or another that ultimately only galvanized their creative ambitions for features, documentaries, and animation shorts. Through the screening of both the latest productions and selected classics, the inaugural 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the best in northern European film making.

The New York Baltic Film Festival is presented by Scandinavia House and organized by the Consulate General of Estonia, Consulate General of Lithuania and Consulate of Latvia in New York. Programming support is from the Estonian Film Institute, National Film Center of Latvia, and Lithuanian Film Center. Funding for the festival is courtesy of governments of the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and by the generous donations of members of the Baltic community in New York. Additional support to the festival is from the Lithuanian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.




FRIOctober 19—6:30 PM

$12 ($7 ASF Members)
Series Pass $90 ($55 ASF Members)