Documentary 2016


Documentary – A Well-Kept Secret

Three young souls, the witch, the artist and the philologist are the last people living in a small village of Soonlepa. Despite their high age, they fulfill their lives with art, witchcraft and memories. One day the village is about to lose its third leg when 79-year old Aino, the witch, is sent to hospital with two diagnosed cancers, leaving the last two men of the village alone in their world.


Director: Mihkel Oksmann is an Estonian documentary filmmaker, who comes from a family of sailors. His passion for documentary arts flowered during BA studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He graduated from the Documentary MA at the Baltic Film and Media School (cum laude, 2018). His thesis film 'A-Well Kept Secret' was awarded the Best Student Film at Ji.hlava IDFF (2018). His artistic style is a combination of Baltic minimalism, a touch of black humour and good-natured warmth towards his film subjects. In 2019, he was granted a stipend from the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation for a 11-month full-time internship in New York. His co-directed documentary short ‘Wedding Officiant’ won the Best Documentary Short award at Oslo FF (2021).