Thursday Cinema "At Home"
Uus Maailm [The New World]

October 1 – October 4, 2020

Uus Maailm [The New World] (2011)
Director: Jaan Tootsen
88 minutes
Estonian; Turkish and English subtitles

A group of idealistic young people decide to take a chance on creating a new community where streets are filled with bicycles instead of cars, houses are surrounded with parks, and neighbors share common interests in culture and sustainable living. Formed as a citizens' initiative and led by an activist named Erko in the Estonian capital Tallinn, the group's main aim is to change the world imposed on them. Having carried out a series of nonviolent civil disobedience actions, like occupying a car park and decorating it with flowers, they get recognized by public as well as government agencies, and receive a grant to build a community center just outside the city. Soon enough the unforeseen difficulties with forms, permits, complaints, and budgets arise, and the dreams of "the new world" begin to clash with the burdens of "the old world."

Following a story of determination full of ideals and frustrations for more than five years, this documentary film explores the harsh realities of realising a collective dream, while emphasizing the importance of the citizen voice and participation in local governance.

"At Home" films will be streamed at between September 24 and November 29, and will only be accessible to online audiences in Turkey. Thursday Cinema has been supported by Garanti BBVA Mortgage since 2014.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.