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by Ain Mäeots


The first film in the Seto language in the world speaks about the brightest hero of a small people, the folk singer Hilana Taarka, a woman who lived her whole life as an outcast in a small chimneyless hut; as an unmarried mother of children in poverty, begging her bread, doing odd jobs and singing. She always sang the truth, sometimes bitter, sometimes funny, sometimes cruel. She was feared, despised and coveted. Taarka sang throughout her remarkable life, throughout her fate, from a small Seto village to international fame. And she sang well. Really well. Taarka became the Mother of the Song, a legend. But as a woman, as a member of the community, the Seto people never really accepted her. Taarka – a despised woman and a worshipped singer.

international title: Taarka
original title: Taarka
country: Estonia
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Ain Mäeots
film run: 94'
release date: EE 11/08/2008
screenplay: Mart Kivastik, Ülle Kahusk, Ain Mäeots, Hardi Volmer, Elo Selirand
cast: Inga Salurand, Siiri Sisask, Marje Metsur, Riina Maidre, Mikko Nousiainen, Tõnu Oja, Kaarel Oja, Helena Merzin, Liina Tennossaar
cinematography by: Elen Lotman
art director: Elo Soode
costumes designer: Eva-Maria Gramakovski
music: Adres Lõo
producer: Anneli Ahven
production: Exitfilm

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