Terje Toomistu is an Estonian documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. She holds double MA degrees (cum laude) in Ethnology and in Communication Studies from University of Tartu, where she is pursuing a PhD degree in anthropology. In 2013-2014, she was a Fulbright fellow in UC Berkeley, and in 2017-2018, a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology. Her current main areas of research are Indonesian gender and sexuality and the late-Soviet non-conformist youth.
For the past eight years, she has run a multi-platform research-driven media project about the hippie movement in Soviet Union, featuring a traveling exhibition in museums and galleries internationally, as well as a documentary film and soundtrack. Her filmography includes Wariazone (2011), Archeology of Ayahuasca (2016) and her most recent award-winning Soviet Hippies (2017).
She has lived and studied in France, Russia, Indonesia, US and the Netherlands.