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Ivars Zviedra’s film ‘Valkotājs’ will be shown at the Jihlava Festival in the Czech Republic

Kristins Matīsa, a representative of the National Film Center (NCC), will inform the portal “Delfi” about the international premiere in the Czech Republic, on October 27, in the program of the Jihlava Documentary Film Festival on October 27.

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The film premiered in Latvia last autumn. It tells about the occupation created by globalization and unemployment on the Latvian border – the concern of “wearers” is the import of refugees into the European Union. The film follows the course of the borderland’s native Pepins. He meets illegal immigrants in the woods at the eastern border of the European Union at night – is it a coincidence or a careful plan? The work of Ivars Zviedra is mentioned in the program of the Jihlava festival as one of the documentaries that everyone should see. The creators of the festival program emphasize that it is both an exotic portrait of an abandoned border and a harsh story about people who are willing to risk their freedom for a small fee.

From October 27 to November 8, the 24th Jihlava Documentary Film Festival will screen more than 220 films from around the world, distributed in several different competition programs and out-of-competition screenings. Currently, the main themes of documentary cinema are the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and the fundamental question that cinema often asks – where are our homes? Film by Ivars Zviedra “Wearer” is included in the Central and Eastern European competition program “Between the Seas”; There are a total of 10 films in the program, and several from different points of view explore the theme of refugees and world walkers. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of 10,000 euros.

Marek Howork, the director of the Jihlava Festival, admits that the time of the Covid-19 pandemic has also introduced adjustments in the life of the festival. “We are very sorry that we cannot show the films on the big screen in cinemas, but we also want to see an opportunity in this impasse. One of the positive aspects of the situation is that everyone will be able to see the festival films,” Hovork said takes place online. “Fifteen years ago, at the same time as Youtube was born, the Jihlava Documentary Film Festival launched the first video-on-demand portal dedicated to documentary cinema and providing access to an extensive film catalog. DAFilms.com is now one of Europe’s leading VoD platforms and a partner of the Jihlava Festival “. Therefore, more than 220 films of the festival will be available on this platform to viewers in the Czech Republic, but more than 80 – to cinema lovers around the world.

Director Ivars Zviedris is pleased to participate in one of Europe ‘s most famous documentary film festivals, although the same will not go to the Czech Republic due to the pandemic. “I would very much like, but I can’t afford to go to Jihlava, both because it would not be responsible during the pandemic and because I filmed how Latvians and covids are torn in Latvia,” making a new documentary.

It has already been reported that in Latvia the film “Valkētājs” has been nominated for the National Film Award “Lielais Kristaps” in two categories – as the best feature documentary and for the best cinematography in a documentary (there are two cinematographers in this film – Ivars Zviedris and Haralds Ozols).

In Latvia, since the premiere in December 2019, the film “Valkētājs” has been shown in cinemas in large cities, as well as in county culture houses and other cinema screenings. It is currently possible to watch the movie online here.

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