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The Circle
  • 18+
  • 95 min
  • English, Estonian
  • English
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The film follows a group of adults and their children who in the summer of 2014 decide to leave their customary life arrangement and start the first eco-community in Estonia. They scrape together their savings and buy an old manor lot with 33 hectares of agricultural land and 3750 square meters of old houses in very bad condition. There are 5 families together – 12 adults and 6 children. Their experiment has been inspired by the growing global movement of eco-villages. They step out of society as we know it, reconstructing the basic pillars of life, starting from the model of the family, to education, relationships and consumption. Their goal is to build non-violent co-operative relations among themselves, harmonious connections, and sustainable lifestyle with a small environmental footprint. The film follows the dramatic events in the community for 5 years, from their blissful idealistic beginnings in 2014 until their dramatic collapse in 2019.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Margit Lillak
  • Screenwriter:
    Margit Lillak
  • Cinematographer:
    Mihkel Soe, Margit Lillak
  • Producer:
    Johanna Trass
  • Composer:
    Sten Sheripov
  • Sound operator:
    Harmo Kallaste
  • Theme:
    Lifestyle, Ecology
  • Film studio:
  • Language:
    English, Estonian
  • Subtitles:
  • Artdocfest 2020
    Baltic Focus