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Baltic Sea Docs film fest tackles matters of the moment

From September 7–11, the Baltic Sea Documentary Film Forum is taking place for the 20th time, showcasing documentaries on topics of the day with directors flying in for discussion. This year's program, Beyond Good and Evil, will be screened in Rīga, as well as Cēsis, Jēkabpils, Rēzekne, Talsi, Valmiera and Ventspils, the organizers told the press Monday.

The nine documentaries to be on show cover established topics like child and parent relationships, loneliness and women’s rights, as well as emerging ones like terrorism, cultural fusion and globalization, and more.

"The backbone of the Beyond Good and Evil films is comprised of strong-willed and emancipated protagonists who overstep boundaries and traditions, landing outside of the customary and the previously defined," the organizers told the press in what amounts to a promise for tradition-breaking fun and thought-provoking experiences of the silver screen.

Opening the festival will be Paul Refsdal's Dugma: The Button (2016), described by the organizers as an "intimate portrait of would-be Al-Qaeda suicide bombers" and featuring the director's quest to understand the mentality of radicals willing to sacrifice themselves in the name of religion.

On September 7 at 6 p.m., Refsdal will participate in a discussion over topics explored by the film. 

Jerzy Sladowski, director of Don Juan (2015), a documentary exploring the relationship between a mother and her autistic son, as well as Steve Hoover, director of Almost Holy (2015), which explores the personality of an Ukrainian priest, will be present following the screenings of their films.

Read about the rest of the films HERE

The festival is organized by the National Film Centre. Films will be screened at the K.Suns movie gallery in the original language with subtitles in English and Latvian translation provided. 

A ticket to a single movie is available to www.bezrindas.lv for €3 for screenings in Rīga and Cēsis, while students, schoolchildren, industry professionals, and retired people can come for free.

Here's the day-by-day program of the festival.

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