Documentary profiles the Latvian Popular Front

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Latvian Television (LTV) has prepared another of its series of short history documentaries under the title "The Keys", complete with English-language subtitles.

In this episode, the year in focus is 1989 and the activities of the Latvian Popular Front, an umbrella organization that played a crucial role in coalescing opposition to the occupying Soviet power. Its membership expanded with amazing speed -- which itself created some problems when it came to presenting a unified stance on individual issues even if the main goal of the restoration of independence was the unifying factor.

The documentary provides a quick and understandable overview of the history of the Latvian Popular Front.

According to LTV "The Keys" will tell 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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