"The shortest night and the longest day of the year were beginning..." - 14 June 1941, the night of the deportation
Tens of thousands of innocent people were deported to Siberia from the Baltic countries in 1941. The genocide organized by the Soviet Union was an open secret that was skillfully kept until the restoration of the independence of the Baltic countries. "In the Crosswind" tells about the tragic course of the life of a deportee - a young Estonian woman - over the course of fifteen years presented through an unusual visual language.
Production Company: Allfilm
Producer: Piret Tibbo-Hudgins
Director: Martti Helde
DoP: Erik Pollumaa
Set Designer: Reet Brant
Costume Designer: Anna-Liisa Liiver
Cast: Laura Peterson, Tarmo Song, Ingrid Isotamm, Einar Hillep and many others
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. SAMSARA reunites director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson, whose award-winning films BARAKA and CHRONOS were acclaimed for combining visual and musical artistry.
SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging our own inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.
Expanding on the themes they developed in BARAKA (1992) and CHRONOS (1985), SAMSARA explores the wonders of our world from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man’s spirituality and the human experience. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.