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See New Latvian Movie: Chronicles of Melanie


Waking up when as military officers are getting into your house and being told to leave your home forever in couple of hours. It is a painful story kept out from everyday life, story that one would try to forget forever, also my grandparents. Overwhelming and unthinkably real, that is many people’s story of Soviet Union times.


Here a short history class is needed. As Soviet Union was enormous in terms of territory as well as nationally diverse, it was convenient for government to deport middle and upper class  property owners,  move them across whole Union to deprive any chance for nationalists to hold together and rebel.

Though both Estonia and Latvia have experienced deportations, recent movie The Chronicles of Melanie is Latvian made and gives a great sight on woman who is put in a train, driven to Siberia and left to survive with nothing but child and mother to care for.  And when the chance to break out of mud comes.. .Emotionally striking, slightly melancholic but at the same time surprisingly inspirational – it is absolutely worth watching.



Director Viesturs Kairišs

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Darkness Calmness


I am up in at nigh and asleep when daylight strikes. Be it depression or winter mood, living in North makes you to live by the rules of nature.

You see, its just a way it is when living at night. Darkness is around, darkness goes into yourself, and you feel calm. Blessing and easiness of loosened boundaries, and warmness of silence at blurred night opposing few sharp moments of light are reasons behind my love for November.


But when you get enough of it, the light eventually comes to be far reaching as it has an influence over everyday choices. Coming out of our deepest depths we choose to move towards light in every possible chance. You suddenly find yourself wandering around windows, loving your coffee to be drank with sunrise and validating every little spark of light, even if it is only reflection of mirror, reflection of man.

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