Documentary tells the tale of Latvia's 1918 Independence Day

Latvian Television has prepared another in its series of short historical documentaries, and this one could not be more topical, telling of the events of November 18, 1918 -- the day Latvia proclaimed its indepdendence -- as well as events leading up to it.

As the documentary shows, proclaiming independence was no simple matter, with rival political forces wanting to go down in history as the ones that did it. It took an extraordinary diplomatic mission to Stockholm and London by a young man named Zigfrīds Anna Meierovics to help the process move forward.

But even then, there were battles to be fought both in trenches and diplomatic meetings to make the fact of Latvia's independence stick.

The documentary was originally aired during Latvia's centenary year in 2018.

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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