(1998 TV Movie)


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  • A third of Estonias people are Russian, most of them put there by Stalin. For Estonians it is like having a dragons egg laid in your nest: you wait in fear for it to hatch. The Russians in Klooga, an abandoned Soviet Army base, are struggling to build a community with their new Estonian neighbours. Estonians would rather not give Russians citizenship, residence or jobs: they wish they would go home. But for the Russians, Klooga is home.

    A group of American scholars exploring ethnic reconciliation and democratic practice, led by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Vamik Volkan, has $50,000 to offer any group of Estonians and Russians who can work together for a common goal. Twenty Russians and Estonians in Klooga form a committee and size the challenge to build a better life for their children.

    The Dragons Egg chronicles the complex, funny and touching struggle of courageous people forging a future for themselves amidst the ruins of war.

    They learn what it takes to build a democracy. We learn that it cannot be given; it must be earned.

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