Matz: estonian waterbird

Estonia, 2019, 10 min.


Elīza Bēniņa


Elīza Bēniņa

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Elīza Bēniņa


Helena Kõiv


Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM)

The young Estonian Para swimming star Matz Topkin shines not only with his speed but with his personality as well. His positivity and smile will light up the room wherever he goes. He is determined to go to the Tokyo Paralympics and even hopes for good places in the finals. When in water Matz is in his natural environment – free like a bird. He redefines what a disability means.

2019 Global Short Docs Forum (Ukraine)
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Elīza Bēniņa

Born in Latvia. Based in Tallinn. Studies at the Baltic Film School, Estonia (Audiovisual Media). Spent a year doing voluntary work with kids in Northern Ireland with European Voluntary Service. Interested in social themes, especially in the stories of those socially excluded. Uses her passion for storytelling and interest about people in her filmmaking work to raise awareness and tell the stories of those whose voices are usually silenced.