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Terje Toomistu

Anthropologist
Documentary Filmmaker

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.