Documentary considers the significance of Latvia's centenary celebrations

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Latvian Television (LTV) has prepared another in its series of short historical documentary films, 'The Keys' complete with English-language subtitles, looking at important moments and subjects in Latvian history.

This time the starting point is 2018, the year in which Latvia celebrated its centenary (and the year in which 'The Keys' was made). Fittingly, those celebrations only come to a conclusion this year, in 2021.

The documentary looks at the ongoing celebrations of the centenary of the Latvian independence and asks the question: what does it all mean? What are appropriate and inappropiate ways of celebrating or marking occasions? It is a wide-ranging and occasionally self-contradictory rumination, but thought-provoking nevertheless.

You can still check out the centenary celebration program on the project's official website

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.

The show was made by VFS Films, a long-time partner of Latvian Television, and was hosted by Mārtiņš Ķibilds.

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