On October 10, Embassy of Latvia and the European Union Delegation to the USA present a joint event - screening of the Latvian film "Kurts Fridrihsons" at Landmark's E-Street Cinema. Join us for a special screening of this 78-minute documentary, followed by a discussion featuring the film's director and producer, Ms Dzintra Geka, moderated by Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, Mr John Feffer.
About the film:
At the time when Latvia was occupied by the Soviet Union, few resisted to comply with the regime. This is the story of one who did, Kurts Fridrihsons, who found a unique method through which to do so: art. With clever creations and spiritual teachings that harkened back to "lost Latvia" through charm and lightness, Fridrihsons became a model and inspiration for many who refused to accept the existing system. The film is in Latvian with English subtitles.
About the filmmaker:
Dzintra Geka (1950) is a Latvian director and writer. She has graduated from the St. Petersburg Institute of Theater and Film. She has worked as film editor at the Riga Film Studio and as film director at “Telefilm Riga.” In 2001, she established the foundation “Children of Siberia.” She is well known internationally for her film and documentary series about the fate of people who were deported by the Soviet regime to Siberia in 1941 and 1949. Her own father Leopolds Parasigs Gūtmanis was a political prison for 21 years in Siberia. Geka has also made films about outstanding culture personalities in Latvia – animator Signe Baumane, writer Gunars Jankovskis, American cinematographer John Dored, painter Kurts Fridrihsons and artist Ilmārs Blumbergs. Internationally, Geka is best known for her film “God’s Lost Sparrows” about the displaced persons (DPs) in German camps in 1944.
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. Screening of “Kurts Fridrihsons” in Washington DC is part of the Centennial of Latvia public diplomacy programme.
Special thanks to Mr. John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for his support to the event.