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In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, The Baltic Freedom Way and Baltic Way will be screened followed by a panel discussion.

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BALTIC WAY/Baltijos kelias

10 minutes. In Lithuanian with English subtitles.

Born during a wave of spiritual and political euphoria at the time of the Baltic Way, this film shows how Lithuanians joined Estonians and Latvians in forming a human chain in a peaceful protest for independence. The documentary poetically captures great excitement, but also reverence and sadness, in a moving portrait. A result of cooperation between two important Lithuanian filmmakers, Arūnas Matelis and Audrius Stonys, the combination of Matelis’ observations and Stonys’ meditative rhythm stresses the social significance of the event. (Lithuania, 1989)

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THE BALTIC FREEDOM WAY/Baltijas brīvības ceļš

52 min. In Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian with English subtitles.

The most prominent example of Baltic solidarity and cooperation in the history of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, The Baltic Way was an event in which almost 2 million people joined hands to form a live chain from Tallinn through Riga to Vilnius. Taking place on the 50th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on August 23, 1989, the event also marked a step closer to the restoration of independence for all three countries, as the Soviet Union neared the brink of collapse.

The Baltic Freedom Way chronicles the history of Baltic cooperation, which dates back to the proclamations of independence from each of the three states in 1918, up to the chain of events behind the peaceful protest 30 years ago. It also explores the history of that cooperation up to contemporary times — the great social, economic, and political changes of the 1990's, and the re-integration into European political, social, and cultural spaces. Weaving in memories of the past as well as contemporary victories, The Baltic Freedom Way shows both the cooperation and the competition between these three countries. It is a portrait of three sisters, in the free world and on the free market, who have remained side-by-side in both good times and in hardships. Directed by Askolds Saulītis (Latvia, 2014)

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