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    In a small distant village, a group of children, ages 8-10, spend their childhood playing in open fields and on the estates of an old abandoned production complex. Their fathers work in Finland, they rarely come home; mothers are always busy. This village is filled with people that sense the inescapability from their gloomy and monotonous routines, but still have dreams of something better. However, nothing is done to achieve those dreams. The leader of the group is Kristjan – slightly older than the rest, but still too young to be hanging out with the older boys. Even though Kristjan is the official leader of the gang, the games are created and moderated by the girls.

    One day the owner of the production complex finds the kids playing on his estates and orders the local guard Elmar not to allow the children on the site anymore. Kristjan, Ariel, Laura, Mia-Margot and Siim cannot picture their lives without their playground. They are sad and upset, but soon enough decide to ignore the ban and return to continue their games. Elmar is an old-school man, and he thinks that the mischief of the children is caused by a lack of physical punishment. He threatens to hit the children with a bundle of twigs and manages to chase them off the land. Children trick Elmar to chase them and lead him to run into a steep pit in the ground, which they have disguised with branches and leaves. They leave him to the pit and give an oath never to mention Elmar to anyone – he becomes a secret asset to their game. However, Kristjan feels horrified and confused on the inside: he knows it is not right to keep him trapped in the pit, but he does not dare to contradict the other children.

    October 11, 2017


    Aidi Vallik

    Aidi Vallik is an Estonian writer, mostly known for her youth and children’s literature and poetry. Since 2004, she is a freelance writer, scriptwriter and columnist. Her most recent works include two plays KALEVIPOEG EHK KUNINGA KROONIKAD, KÕIK NORMAALSED INIMESED, a poetry collection for children IMELISED INIMESED and several children’s books. She became more widely known to the public with her highly acclaimed ANN novel series, the first of the series named HOW ARE YOU, ANN? was released in 2000. It has won and been nominated for numerous prizes, has been translated into Finnish, Latvian and Lithuanian, and is now a part of school literature programs. The third novel in the series was made into a film in 2008, named WHERE SOULS GO, she was the co-author of the script, alongside with Peeter Sauter and director Rainer Sarnet. During the years 2007-2016 Aidi Vallik was the writer for the popular Estonian TV series SALADUSED.

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