Tõrva Dokfest – one viewpoint becomes many!
What is the mission of Dokfest?
The mission of Dokfest is to increase awareness about documentaries, encourage discussion on social issues and to inspire people through interesting personalities.
What is the vision of Dokfest?
To create a sustainable film festival in Tõrva which adds value to the entire town, county of Valgamaa and Estonia.
The second Tõrva Dokfest is held from 15th to 17th October 2015 at the cinema in Tõrva called “Koit”. The goal of this South-Estonian documentary festival is to make people think and to have a say by showing films. A nostalgic cinema “Koit” The Festival takes place in Tõrva in the cinema “Koit” (Dawn), which is one of the three unique cinemas in Estonia. This building, an example of Stalinist architecture, was opened in 1953. It is a simple rectangular building with neoclassical exterior but its decorations are simpler. Films were shown in the cinema until 2004 when the private company that had bought the building from the town decided to stop screenings. In the summer of 2014 the doors were opened to the visitors once again. We can say that it is one of the most important remnants of cultural buildings from the Soviet Estonia. At the moment the cinema house in Tõrva is the only one out of the three original ones that is still in use. Our festival is organized in cooperation with Tõrva Town, NGO Mondo, The University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and other good friends.
Who is Rabarebased?
The organizer of the Dokfest is NGO Rabarebased, members of which are all energetic students of cultural management in the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.
What does NGO Mondo do?
NGO Mondo is dedicated to development cooperation, world education and humanitarian assistance. Their subprogram consists of „Vaata ja Muuda” documentary clubs that are made up of socially active youngsters who want to use documentaries to show the world to the world. And we are talking about an international youth movement that tries to create a more just, more environment friendly and more conscious world through documentaries. This idea and gatherings gave birth to the idea of Tõrva Dokfest.