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Screening of ASTRA and Q&A with director Liene Laviņa

The producers of London Baltic Film Festival in partnership with Spektrs/Kinokults  and the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the UK  announces a special event on Saturday 27 January at Rich Mix Cinema – a screening of a documentary ASTRA, a remarkable story about the unbreakable spirit of Soviet dissident Gunārs Astra, followed by Q&A with the film’s director Liene Laviņa from Latvia.

Astra acted fearlessly against the backdrop of an oppressive Soviet regime, being convinced that one day Latvia would be free from the Soviet occupation again. His iconic phrase “I believe that this time will pass like an evil nightmare,” became a guiding collective motive in Latvia and a source of strength during the fight to regain freedom. Astra stood firmly against the regime and boldly said what others dared not.

The film raises important questions: are we ready to live truthfully and be free? Are we able to evaluate today what it meant to sacrifice personal well-being for the sake of ideas during the period of Soviet occupation?

Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to witness the story of Astra at this one-off show on the big screen!

Tickets are available:


January 27
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd
London, London E1 6LA United Kingdom
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