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Baltic Sea Docs festival starts off

The News room: Off the record, Mikala Krogh's documentary about the Danish Extra Bladet newspaper and its in parts questionable struggle for survival, will kick off the 19th Baltic Sea Docs documentary film festival Wednesday at 18:00. 

The festival will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, featuring 9 documentaries with authors present for discussion.

The topics discussed in the documentaries are quite diverse, as is the program, which includes, for example, a documentary about love in times of civil war (A Syrian Love Story), the diverse social life of a landfill near Moscow (Something Better to Come), and how western VHS tapes helped to raise the Iron Curtain (Chuck Norris vs Communism).

"We don't need to fear the words 'political' or 'socially active', as these films really aren't the sort that are made for the sake of a conjuncture," Dita Rietuma, head of the National Film Centre of Latvia, told Latvian Television. 

"The movies are independent, interesting works of art, and their value grows because they relate to the real life, specific problems in reality, and, whether we want it or not, to all of us, as we live in a globalized world, and it's an illusion that we can hide away from it all in a bell jar," said Rietuma.

A ticket to a single movie costs €3, while students, schoolchildren, industry professionals, and retired people can come gratis. The movies are shown in the original language with subtitles in English.

The movies are shown in the K. Suns movie gallery in Rīga, while three of them will also be shown in Cēsis, Ventspils, Valmiera, Jēkabpils, Rēzekne and Liepāja.

The program of the festival is available here (English). 

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