Documentary looks at Popular Front and restoration of Latvian independence

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Earlier this week Latvia celebrated 30 years of restored independence.

To mark the occasion, LTV has produced a new episode of its documentary series "The Keys", complete with English-language subtitles.

The short film outlines not just the events of May 4, 1990, but the crucial months leading up to it and the remarkable rise of the Popular Front, a broad coalition that was effective in demonstrating that the call for the restoration of independence came from a wide spectrum of society. 

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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