Ambassador of Setomaa


Seto saadik

2013 / Documentary / 29 min / Color / 1,78:1 / stereo

On either side of a disputed and un-ratified border between Estonia and Russia lies the land of the Seto people, Setomaa. Nowadays there are approximately 10 000 Setos left in the World.
Valli who has grown up in a proper Seto family in Pechorsky District, Russia has been living in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia for the last 40 years. According to her bloodline she is the fifth generation Seto folk singer. Besides her day-to-day work at Äripäev Publishing Valli continues to keep the traditions of singing and playing the garmon alive.

However, she is facing an identity crisis - preserving the Seto traditions living in the capital comes across as artificial and forced. it is her dream to organize a reunion of the whole family of her great- grandmother - the famous seto singer Martina Iro. Valli wants to honour the old Seto customs and arrange a genuine commemoration ceremony in her home village.
Director: Mirjam Matiisen
Cinematographer: Madis Reimund
Editor: Martin Männik
Sound design: Tarvo Schmeimann
Producer: Kristjan Pütsep