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On the Other Side of Leprosy| 52mins
Director: Vahur Laiapea, Peeter Simm | Producer: Vahur Laiapea
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Estonia
Subject Tags: estonia, europe, health, human rights
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Ulo Kirs, born in Saaremaa in 1926, was only a 4-year-old boy when his mother was diagnosed as having leprosy, and taken away to be kept in leprosorium. In 1945, he fought with the Germans in the Second World War, and at the age of 20 was building the Becker Harbour in Tallinn as a Soviet prisoner of war. An illusionary freedom arrived when Ulo got infected with leprosy and was taken from the prison to a leprosorium in Kuuda, the same one where his mother was. In 1963, after a serious argument with the head of the leprosorium, he was transferred to the Talsi leprosorium in Latvia, where he has been staying until now.

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