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Rodeo: Taming a Wild Country

Estonia/Finland 2018. Dirs: Kiur Aarma, Raimo Jõerand. 77 min. DCP

In 1992, less than a year after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Estonia held its first free election since World War II. This compelling political documentary, a highlight of Hot Docs’ “Changing Face of Europe” platform, focuses on the chaos that surrounded that historic event, and the unlikely 32-year-old idealist who emerged victorious, becoming Europe’s youngest prime minister in the process. Featuring archival footage and newly conducted interviews with high-profile politicians at the centre of the storm, Rodeo offers absorbing, entertaining insights into the course correction of a country eager to erase its Soviet past. “This is a story about gaining and losing trust, about the widening conflict between idealists and a rising economic elite, when a prime minister’s good options grow fewer by the day” (Institute of Documentary Film, Prague). In Estonian with English subtitles.