Documentary tells the story of November 18 in Latvia

As another Latvian Independence Day is upon us, it is a perfect time to look again at the events of November 18, 1918 and understand what enabled them to take place.

As this short documentary prodiced by VFS Films for Latvian Television shows, proclaiming independence was no simple matter, with several rival political forces wanting to go down in history as the ones that did it. It took an extraordinary diplomatic mission to Stockholm and London by a young man named Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics to help the process move forward.

But even then, there were battles to be fought both in trenches and diplomatic meetings to make the fact of Latvia's independence stick.

The documentary was originally aired during Latvia's centenary year in 2018.

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