The world of "Truth and Justice"
How does the film "Truth and Justice" connect the Estonian national culture with the global context?
In his movie, Tanel Toom retells A. H. Tammsaare’s story about life in Vargamäe using Hollywood film language. This combination of distant cultural contexts addresses the contemporary Estonian audience on different levels. On the one hand, the novel Truth and Justice understood as one of the most canonical representations of the Estonian national character, a work deeply rooted in the local context. On the other hand, the format chosen to tell the story by the director successfully merges it with global culture.
In present day culture these kinds of hybrid forms reflect an important tendency in modern identity formation. Most people in the world now develop a bicultural identity where part of their identity is rooted in their local culture, and another part is adapted to the global situation. Or they may develop a hybrid identity, successfully combining elements of global and local situations in a mix. (Arnett 2002, Hermans and Dimaggio 2007).