The National Touch Nacionālais pieskāriens

Documentary, 52’, Latvia, 2014

After the fall of the Soviet Union large numbers of immigrants from the East stayed in Latvia for good, Latvians simply call them “Russians”. Over 20 years of independence later mutual suspicion and bias are still there in the most part of the local community. Therefore, a Latvian director involves an independent Russian speaking Norwegian colleague in helping him understand Latvian “Russians” and coming up with an integration plan. But soon enough it becomes clear that only Latvians themselves can manage the challenge. And so begins director’s journey away from the division “us / them”.

Director IVO BRIEDIS
Screenplay IVO BRIEDIS MORTEN TRAAVIK
Cinematographers VALDIS CELMIŅŠ; JURĢIS RUDMIEZIS
Sound ARTIS DUKAĻSKIS
Editor PĒTERIS ĶIMELIS
Producer ULDIS CEKULIS
Production Company VFS FILMS

Latvijā, lai iepazītos ar svešinieku, nav piemērotākas dienas par Jāņiem – līgo gan latvietis, gan krievs. Un ja vēl līdzi ir starpnieks – norvēģis, kurš saprot, kas ir pilsoniska sabiedrība un pārvalda arī krievu valodu, tad ir cerība, ka notiks integrācijas brīnums. …tikai kurš kuru integrēs?