Our heroes are from Latvia but any country acquainted with drug addiction problem would recognize its youth in them. We do not condemn them, we listen. Their stories are laconic and clear. Illusory world and reality. A fleeting pleasure, price of which pays life itself. And nothing else but faith could give the hope of salvation.
A World Apart
The World War II separated the latvian nation into two parts. Fleeing soviet occupation, large part of the people left their homeland by The Baltic Sea, and sought refuge in the West. In New York`s Hell`s Kitchen district their home found the core of Latvian cultural exhiles-young poets and artists.
My Husband Andrei Sakharov
How does one of the "brains" of the Soviet regime, an academician, the "father" of hydrogen bomb, an outstanding intellectual for whom even in the Kremlin all the doors were open can become an irreconcilable champion of human rights and prisoners of conscience and an internationally renown enemy of this system? The film "My Husband Andrei Sakharov" answers this question in an intriguing yet subdued, even intimate form - by confronting the views of the witnesses of those times and Sakharov's colleagues. His widow Yelena Bonner and the last secretary general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev are two brightest participants of this indirect debate in the film, which not only by presenting facts and their interpretations but also by using unique KGB materials and forceful poeticism of the documentary footage makes one think about the games of power and guarantees of human freedom that is a topical theme not only in Russia.
The story of Vija Vetra, the famous Latvian dancer and choreographer, who was the first to introduce sacred dance into church services in many different countries around the world. The film is as colorful as her life: loud and happy like the feelings aroused by her splendid performance, deep and unknowable like her inner world, and sad, quite and calm like loneliness itself...
Since 1963 in the Soviet Union the heroine of the film participates in a series of nude-art photography sessions every next 10 years. Like others write diaries - the heroine of our film memorializes her life in nude-art photos. In a delicate yet existentially sharp manner by participating in the fifth photo session the film reveals a lifetime of a woman.
Industrial documentary, co-operation between Berlin City Senate and Riga Mayor’s Office.
The film „Hello Russia" is full of themes that signify every country – the people one have met, work, church, culturally historical heritage... That would be nothing special, only if... the opinions expressed would not be so conflicting and the enviroment – so contrasting... That is Russia, which, in search of soul balance keeps on warming at its neverending fire and wants to take only the useful from the West...
In commemorating WWII events in Latvia each year, several „controversial dates” arise. These are remembrance dates that are viewed differently by Latvians, Russians and Jews. The film searches for answers through three main characters, each a representative of their nationality, and categorical in their opposing way of thinking. Why is a date that is celebrated and honoured by one side, also a symbol of deep pain and injustice for another? Why are there, to this day, in a country as small as Latvia three or more completely differing historical interpretations...