TV-series Based on Diaspora Home Videos

December 4, 2023

Estonian Public Broadcasting showcased the visual heritage of Estonians abroad in a new TV-series on ETV2. There were eight episodes, each 30 minutes long with a focus on a particular topic ranging from escape and politics to cultural activities and family life. 

The footage was collected globally in collaboration with the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom. The TV-program featured not only diaspora videos but also diaspora music and was authored by Maarja Merivoo-Parro, directed by Marko Piirsoo and Andres Lepasar and produced by Kaidor Kahar. The project was funded by the Estonian Public Broadcasting and the National Archives Compatriot’s program. 

All episodes can be streamed free of charge on the Estonian Public Broadcasting site: This was the third season of the program “8mm elu” (“8mm of life”). The previous two seasons focused on home videos from within Estonia.