ERR together with Mondo organised public screenings to the documentaries. On 30th October 2016 the films "Estonian Village in Ghana" and “Market Economy” were premiered in Sõprus cinema in Tallinn, with 50 viewers.
Johanna Helin board member of NGO Mondo ushered in the film evening.
Anna Gavronski ERR journalist interviewed the filmmakers writer Meelis Süld and director Kalle Käesel. She is also author of the documentary "Sparkling Rivers” of the series "Our World".
The documentary "Estonian Village in Ghana" focuses on doing Diana Tamm the voluntary NGO Mondo on North Ghana and the local way of life.
Briefly about the films:
1. Film about Ghana “Estonian Village in Ghana” writer Meelis Süld and director Kalle Käesel. „We are too poor to help others!“ This is a common excuse for refusing help to others. When looking at the world with open eyes and open mind we can see that we don't always need loads of gold to help. Even a little contribution, good advice and some contacts can be enough. Estonian activists, business women and volunteers decided to help a village in northern Ghana combining the locals' handicraft skills, the Estonians' business knowledge and the Western market - it turned out that woven baskets made by Ghanaian village women are popular in Estonia; butter made of shea tree seeds from African savannas often referred to as "African women's gold" can find market in the USA. Will the activities launched in a small Ghanan village grow and give the local people proper income? It is up to the persistence of the helpers but also up to the steps of the local people on their way to entrepreneurship.
Anna Gavronski, director Mihkel Ulk and writer Kristo Elias.
2. Film about Ethiopia “Market Economy” writer Kristo Elias and director Mihkel Ulk. Abebe and Ashenafi are usual 10-year-old boys who were sent by their parents to Addis Abeba, the capital of Ethiopia, to work as boot polishers to prevent their families from starving. Abtu is an orphan and a hot blooded errand boy and work is the last thing he wants to think about. Bertukan is a mother of three who carries heavy loads to make some money. Mulugeta is a well-educated tourist guide who is above all others thanks to knowing the English language. All these Ethiopians are united by the biggest market in Africa, endless and colorful Mercato. The documentary "Market Economy" observes 5 a working day of 5 ordinary people in one of the poorest countries of the world where even filming was an extraordinary challenge.
Gallery: Premiere of the television documentaries "Our World":
You can watch the documentary “Estonian Village in Ghana”
and the documentary "Market Economy" http://etv.err.ee/v/da4f0221-3d46-4431-9314-facb38e4f243