An international award winning documentary filmmaker, communications and brand strategist, journalist and political activist, Kolga’s work has appeared internationally in print, television, theatres and on the internet. His films “GULAG 113” and “Sinking The Gustloff” have been screened and broadcast in North America and Europe. Kolga’s latest documentary, “Outside the Shpere,” investigates the history of the Baltic communities in North America. Kolga’s firm, Liefa Communications is responsible for the development and design of many internationally acclaimed websites.
Kolga founded and published his first North American newspaper (The Northern European circ. 50k) in 2000 and has since become expert on regional European and Russian issues with a focus on communications and media strategies as tools of foreign policy and defence on the state level as well as with NGO’s and other organizations.
In 2004 Kolga produced, directed and wrote an international award winning documentary (New York Festivals, CEMA, EstDocs) about Estonians in the Soviet labour camp system, GULAG 113, where he and his grandfather, Eduard, returned to the Russian far north, where Eduard and 30,000 other Estonians were forced to labour under inhumane conditions. The film was critically acclaimed in the European press and has broadcast or screened in over 10 countries. Senior Estonian film critic, Jaan Ruus, called GULAG 113, one of the most important Estonian documentary films of the decade.
In 2008 Kolga produced, wrote and directed his second documentary, Sinking The Gustloff. The film explores past and current political nuances of the 1945 sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff and the subsequent complicated historical narrative that has since emerged about the mass, unknown, human rights tragedy that befell German refugees in Eastern Prussia. Sinking the Gustloff has broadcast and screened in North America and Europe.
Kolga’s latest documentary, “Outside the Shpere,” investigates the history of the Baltic communities in North America and current bilateral defence and foreign policy issues through the lens of the NATO partnership.
In 2009, Kolga’s Liefa Communications, a graphic design and communications firm, developed and designed an extensive multimedia project, The Global Museum on Communism for the Washington D.C. based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Internationally acclaimed among academics and media critics, the project was selected by Communication Arts Magazine as one of the best websites of 2010. The firm also works with international NGO’s and political organizations on issues of human rights, social justice and freedom. A new multimedia project “The Gulag” (thegulag.org) was launched in Spring 2013 and features an interactive 3D model of a
Soviet Gulag camp.
Kolga is also the co-founder of the Central and Eastern European Council in Canada; a director of the Estonian Foundation of Canada; co-founder and director of the Nordic Media Foundation; Canadian advisor to the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Justice for Sergei Magnitsky.