Documentary examines the Latvian Central Council's effort to maintain statehood

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Latvian Television has prepared another in its series of short historical documentary films 'The Keys', complete with English-language subtitles.

"This is a story that many will hear for the first time," the documentary states at the start and duly delivers with an account of the Latvian Central Council (LCC), an organization that bravely tried to maintain Latvia's independence without aligning with either the Nazis or Soviets.

In this episode the year in focus is 1944, when Latvia was still under occupation by Nazi Germany and a bold move was made to reclaim statehood, despite the internal squabbles of the various members of the political elite. Perhaps unsurprsingly, the effort proved fruitless and many of the people involved met tragic ends soon afterwards.

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 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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