Embassy of Latvia, in cooperation with the National Film Center of Latvia, is launching a new campaign to introduce the American audience to the Latvian film industry and to showcase Latvia as an excellent filming location. Each month from June 2019 until May 2020, at least one Latvian film will be shown at the Embassy or other location in Washington DC, free of charge. Most of the films fall under the category of “Latvian Films for Latvian Centennial.” The most active movie goers will receive prizes in May. See more information about how to film in Latvia: http://filmlatvia.lv/en/galvena-lapa. Free tickets found on Eventbrite are required to attend.
June 25: Mērija's Journey
July 25: Baltic Tribes
August 15: Baltic Freedom Way
The film is about the path of the three Baltic countries taken since they first established their independence in the beginning of the 20th century. The Baltic countries cooperated closely in the 1920s and 30s, but the loss of independence could not be prevented. The most excellent example of cooperation among Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania is the demonstration on August 23, 1989 against the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. 2 million people held hands creativing a human chain from Tallinn, via Riga, and all the way to Vilnius forming the 'Baltic Way'. It was a step closer to regaining of independence as the USSR had begun falling apart. The Baltic Way was a process and we live the result of it today. The Baltic Freedom Way is about cooperation and competition among the three countries-sisters in a free market world, shoulder to shoulder, in good times and bad times. (Text by: National Film Center). Studio: Terra Europa. Director: Askolds Saulītis. 2014.
Latvia celebrates its centennial in 2018 in the period of several years – 2017 to 2021. The main message of the celebration is “I am Latvia” emphasizing that the greatest asset of Latvia is its people who with their work are creating present day Latvia and together with the next generation are setting the foundation for the future. The film "Baltic Freedom Way" is being shown at the Embassy of Latvia to the USA as part of the Centennial of Latvia public diplomacy programme titled "Baltic Way 30 in Washington, DC".
September 26: To Be Continued
October 10: Kurts Fridrihsons
October 29: Grandpa More Dangerous Than a Computer
This children's film will be shown as part of the Kids Euro Festival organized annually by the European Union Delegation to the USA and EU member states.
November 21: Eight Stars
December 5: Before the Day Breaks
January 23: 1906
February 20: Bille
March 26: film title to be confirmed
April 23: film title to be confirmed
May 21: The Wounded Rider