Disco and Atomic War is a playful cultural critique analysing the erosion of Soviet Cold War control by the infiltration of western pop culture. Director Jaak Kilmi and screenwriter Kiur Aarma grew up in the same neighborhood of Tallinn, Estonia, in the ’80s and a whole new world opened up for them via the illicit consumption of Finnish TV.

From disco to Dallas, Macgyver to Emmanuelle, Estonians were drawn to the glowing ephemera of capitalism and the Soviet authorities failed in increasingly absurd measures to control it. Deadpan narration and fantastic archive footage enlighten an entertaining overview.