Documenatry film director, born 12.01.1946 in Viljandi, Estonia.
In 1972, graduated form the VGIK, worked as
film director at the Estonian Television (1970-1978), film studio Tallinnfilm (1978-1991), freelance director (1978-1991). Made his debut in film with the documentary Kihnu Naine (1973). Completed over 59 documentary films about etnography, folklore and art, including Eesti Esimene Kodanik (1992), Isa, Poeg Ja Püha Toorum (1997), Pavarotti In Estonia (1998), Nikolai Tänav Pärnus (2001), Liblikate Kodu (2004), a.o. In 2006 made film Hääl Maa Ja Taeva Vahel. Many of his films have been screened at international film festivals (Arsenāls IFF - 1986-1990, 1998), his work has been included in Berlin FF program (1988, 1994, 1998). Eight of his films are included in the Museum of Modern Art, NY collection.
Since 1987, organizer of the Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival. Since 1992, chairman of the Pärnu Chaplin Art Foundation board. Since 1995, head of the Pärnu Museum of New Art.
Been a lecturer in film directing in the USA, at the University of Berkley (1989) and at the University of Montana (1991), and in Mongolia - at the Cultural University of Ulan Bator (2000-2002). Since 2000, an audiovisual training instructor and media expert for the UNESCO. Since 2003, member of the Estonian parliament.