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Latvijas kods. Dokumentāla filma. «Nesaprastie»

Sack the parliament! Documentary looks at political misfits seeking change

LTV's "Latvian Code" strand of online documentary films has another offering for you, complete with English-language subtitles.

The Misunderstood (Nesaprastie) is an attempt by fabled director Ivars Zviedris to understand the people chanting "Atlaist Saeimu!" (Sack the parliament!) year after year. Though rarely attracting a great deal of notice, there are always individuals collecting signatures for a referendum to dissolve the parliament for one reason or another, or simply standing outside the building and reciting their familiar mantra. 

Latvian governments change fairly often, but the parliament has been dissolved in line wth the Constitution only once, in 2010 (in 1934 it was dissolved unconstitutionally following a coup by Prime Minister Kārlis Ulmanis). The actual parliament building in Old Rīga was, however, attacked in January 2009 during a very rare violent protest which precipitated the fall of Ivars Godmanis' cabinet. 

The documentary zips back and forth in time giving portraits of various different people and political forces pushing the idea to "Atlaist Saeimu" for different reasons. 

English-language subtitles can be selected in the videoplayer controls.

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