Lembri Uudu

A film by: Eeva Mägi

Till Estonia’s re-independence in 1991, Pähkla village in Saaremaa had a kolkhoz which provided jobs for all the villagers. Lembri Uudu also worked in a kolkhoz as a tractor driver. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the kolkhoz was disbanded, most of Pähkla’s villagers lost their jobs and Uudu died. But sometimes it happens that person’s real vital force arises after his death. Lembri Uudu died at such a right time that he became a hero who still gives villagers the power to live and keeps the kolkhoz united.

Country: Estonia
Length: 25′
Completion: 10/2017
Genre: documentary
Themes:Creative, Docu Fiction, History, Portrait, Society
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Estonian
Subtitles: English


  1. DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (30 October – 5 November, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition
  2. IFF Sleepwalkers I PÖFF Shorts, Estonia (21 – 26 November, 2017)
    PÖFF Shorts National Competition
  3. Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (11 – 15 April, 2018)
    International Competition
  4. Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival, United Kingdom (17 – 20 May, 2018)
    Unconventional Storytelling Competition Won: Winner Unconventional Storytelling
  5. Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil (6 – 14 June. 2018)
    Out of Competition: Other Views
  6. Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia (25 – 30 June, 2018)
    Official Selection
  7. Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (10 – 17 August, 2018)
    European Shorts Competition
  8. PerSo – Perugia Social Film Festival, Italy (20 – 30 September, Italy)
    PerSo Short Award Competition Won: Best Short Film
  9. CINEAST Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg(4 – 21 October, 2018)
    Short Documentary Competition
  10. Indiecork, Ireland (7 – 14 October, 2018)
    International Competition 
  11. Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic (25 – 30 October, 2018)
    East Silver Market East Silver AwardSpecial Mention
  12. Tirana International Film Festival, Albania (2 – 9 November, 2018)
    International Short Documentary Competition
  13. START International Short Film Festival, Azerbaijan (14 – 17 November, 2018)
    International Competition
  14. Eindhoven Film Festival, the Netherlands (6 – 10 December, 2018)
    Official Selection Won: Grand Jury Award
  15. “Cinema Verite” Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Iran (9 – 16 December, 2018)
    Short Film Competition

Director: Eeva Mägi
Screenplay: Eeva Mägi
Producer: Alasti Kino: Edina Csüllög, Liis Nimik
Cinematographer: Heiko Sikka
Sound: Tanel Kadalipp
Editor: Jette-Krõõt Keedus
Composer: Tanel Kadalipp, Jaan Jaago