In Christian culture suicide is a taboo. A soldier’s suicide is a double taboo. Rivo, who has been on a military mission to Afghanistan twice, suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder and finally takes his life. In a suicide note he asks for forgiveness. In Dino Buzzati’s novel THE TARTAR STEPPE nameless soldiers in a nameless country are waiting for a nameless enemy. ESTCOY soldiers had a clearer idea of who the enemy was. Nevertheless, some of them come back from the war mentally deranged. The film makes us think whether one has to sacrifice himself participating in actions where none of what he was taught as a child matters anymore?
Born in Estonia in 1957. Graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University in 1979. In 1989 completed the High Courses for Directors and Scriptwriters in Moscow. Since 1983 has been a freelance film director & cameraman and has made 5 features and 15 documentaries.