Video: When Gorbachev brought his 'perestroika' to Rīga

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Short documentary season "The Keys" returns with a look at the events of 1987, when Latvia was first experiencing the "perestroika" (restructuring) policies of Mikhail Gorbachev while still under Soviet occupation.

As the film points out, Gorbachev himself paid a visit to Rīga at the time, but what has become of the places he went and the people he met? The documentary provides some of these answers, which are rarely what Gorbachev might have supposed would be the course of history.

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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