The Dawn OR why are the Estonians called ‘A Singing Nation?’


The short film “Koit” (The Dawn) was born from the question: “Why are the Estonians called ‘A Singing Nation?’”

Koit was filmed as part of “A Dozen Questions about Estonia”, a joint project of the Baltic Film and Media School and the Estonian Institute, introducing Estonia and Estonians through the answers, film clips, blogs and language tests, all inspired by the 12 questions about Estonia.

The film we directed is titled “Koit” (The Dawn) and it was born from the question: “Why are the Estonians called ‘A Singing Nation?’”. The film does not try to find the answer to the question, but are rather telling a story of its own.




Toomas: Tõnis Mägi
Man #1: Martin Markii
Man #2 (man with guitar): Aivar Haav
Man #3 (young guy): Sebastian Talmar
Man #4: Andres Reinart
Man #5: Tarmo Laur
Leader: Tarmo Haav
Leader’s Assistant #1: Henry Karikosk
Leader’s Assistant #2: Alo Hiet
Military Car Driver: Taavi Kupper



Director: Giampietro Balia
Writers: Melissa Sepp, Brigitta­-Liis Palumäe & Tony Haav
Producer: Veli Rajasaar
Director of Photography: Kalvis Kulačkovskis
Casting Directors: Melissa Sepp & Tony Haav
Location Manager: Karolina Veetamm
1st AD: Melissa Sepp
1st AC: Janar Hakk
2nd AC: Veiko Jaksi
Gaffer: Ermins Baltais
Sound Designer: Henry Hermlin
Production Designer: Kadri Kuusler
Production Designer’s Assistant: Kristina­ Maria Heinsalu
Make­Up Artist: Liine Kiintok
Colorist: Margus Voll
Editor: Giampietro Balia
Caterer: Marek Rästas
Special Thanks: Kaupo Jõgi

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