Documentary looks at Latvia's long history of "monument wars"

LTV's series of short documentary films on the history of Latvia has another episode ready for you, complete with English-language subtitles.

This time the starting year is 1929 and unfold over subsequent decades right until the present day, involving ideological wrangles over monuments and cemeteries.

"Monument wars are as old as human history," the documentary says -- words that certainly ring true in the context of current events.

According to LTV "The Keys" series tells of the most important or "key" events, personalities and turning points in the history of the Latvian state from 1918 to the present. The purpose is to reveal each selected event from an unusual point of view, as if "unlocking the door" to lesser known and therefore particularly intriguing facts. 

"Such an exploratory approach, bypassing the usual stereotypes of presenting history, will allow viewers to perceive what is known to others and to better understand what has happened in the context of today's experience," says LTV.

Throughout the year, Latvian history will be told in 'mixed order' - events will not be sequenced year by year, but viewed in the exact month in which they occurred

The show is made by VFS Films, a long-time partner of Latvian Television and it is hosted by Mārtiņš Ķibilds, a distinguished cultural journalist who sadly passed away late last year.

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