Risttuules (“In the Crosswind”) by Martti Helde at Mehari Sequar Gallery

Join us for a film screening of Risttuules (“In the Crosswind”) by Martti Helde at Mehari Sequar Gallery.

It was June 14, 1941 when – without warning – tens of thousands of people living in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were brutally deported to Siberia under the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. This merciless operation was intended to purge the Baltic countries of their native inhabitants.

Among the innocent victims was the happily married Erna, mother of a young daughter. With her husband sentenced to prison camp, Erna fights starvation and humiliation through the letters that she sends her husband. Moreover, this correspondence allows her soul to seek and find freedom in another time dimension.

This film is based on a true story and uses extraordinary visual techniques and language to tell the heart-wrenching tale of the tragic fate of thousands of Estonians.

This film screening is made possible through the generous contribution from the Embassy of Estonia in Washington, DC.