A reindeer herdsman's life is as gently monotonous as the tundra landscape itself. It flows unhurriedly in synchrony with the life of the reindeer herd from one migration to the other. The whole time span between these two points belongs entirely to the herdsman. It's áigi, the herdsman's time.
Squaring The Circle
Every spring coming to the Lake Lubáns, which is the largest lake in Latvia, is accompanied by floods. The efforts to prevent the floods have been going on since the middle of the 19th century. Today the lake, encircled by dikes, no longer threatens the surrounding homes but the so-called safety has been purchased for a very high price - destruction of the natural balance.
Sea of Attractions
With her gift for capturing the poetry of the moment, and using gentle irony, the Latvian documentarist observes activities in one of the lively areas on the shore of the Baltic Sea. Soldiers, fishermen, motorcyclists, descendants of mediaeval knights and others come together here to open themselves up to a passion suppressed by the habits of civilization.
Latvians think through mud and view the world through a “muddy” filter. Where does the mud come from, and why does it invariably remain: in this country and in our souls? Mud doesn’t just appear from tears falling upon dry earth. Mud also comes form spillover, done out of joy. And the mud itself creates happiness and inspiration for new mud.