President Ansip remembered the importance of today’s date in our history when opening the film festival PÖFF

28.11.2008 | 12:48

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Tallinn, Russian Drama Theatre, 28 November 2008 – When opening the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF), Prime Minister Andrus Ansip recalled the important events related to this day in the history of our statehood and thanked the organisers of the film festival for broadening the world of Estonians.
“Today is one of the most important dates in the birth of the independent country; it is the beginning of our independence, of which 91 years will pass today,” said Ansip. On this date, in the year 1917, the Land Council, democratically elected by our people, declared itself as the carrier of the highest power on the territory of Estonia. However, a year later, on 28 November 1918, combat began under Narva, which indicated the beginning of the Estonian War of Independence. “On the same day that PÖFF now starts, the crucial stage in the fight for the independence of the Republic of Estonia began – the war for freedom,” Ansip recalled.

Prime Minister Ansip was also glad that PÖFF has grown out of the nights of Tallinn. “I would like to recognise the organisers who have helped the people of Estonia to share in the experience by spreading world-class film art and have made Estonia bigger, as every film is a window into the world and into yourself,” said the head of the government.

The Black Nights Film Festival has been organised in Estonia for 12 years already.

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