How I saved Africa

Director:  Kullar Viimne

Englisht title:  How I saved Africa

2014/ Estonia/ HD/ 78’/ Color



Siisi is an active and attractive young woman who'd have enough energy to send Estonia's first spaceship to Mars. But instead, the urge to make the world a better place sends Siisi far away to Uganda, where she plans to open a café with the help of donators to offer work to the local young handicapped people. The start of the project is dashing but as the times goes by the more Siisi's idealism confronts the local working culture, sexual prejudice and economic inevitability because in a country that is one of the biggest coffee bean exporters only 0.6 percent of people drink coffee. In addition to the growing financing problems, the lack of clients and the staff with no sense of duty, also Siisi's personal life becomes endangered. But the video reports sent to the sponsors must be full of optimism because Africa needs saving once we started saving them... A witty and insightful portrait film by Kullar Viimne speaks not only of the clash of civilizations and the everlasting conflict of idealism and inevitability but also sympathizes with the hardships of one small Estonian girl in a big world.


Photography: Kullar Viimne; Editing: Tambet Tasuja; Sound: Harmo Kallaste; Music: Epifolium; Animation: Raivo Möllits;  Producer: Erik Norkroos


Born in 1980, Kullar graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School and has also studied at FAMU Film School in Prague. He is a director, scriptwriter, editor, and cinematographer. Kullar's documentaries have won several awards from different international film festivals. Filmography as a director: How I Saved Africa (2014), Only for Women (2012), Breath (2011), No Finish Line (2011), Travelling Light (2009), Final Days (2006), Godspeed (2005) etc.


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