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The famous Latvian group Iļģi performed in the U.S. and Canada. The tour was organized by TILTS and made possible with funding from the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, PBLA, and the Latvian Foundation. Performances in November: 12th - New York, 13th – Boston, 16th - Cleveland, 18th – Toronto, 19th – Philadelphia, 20th – Latvian community center Priedaine in NJ.

LF15L09 Chronicles of Melanie

Starring: Sabine Timoteo, Guna Zariņa, Maija Doveika, Baiba Broka, Ivars Krasts, Astrīda Kairiša, Ģirts Krūmiņš, Lilita Ozoliņa, Erwin Leder, Viktor Nemets, Jana Čivžele, Anete Saulīte-Romanovska
Genre: Drama
Director: Viesturs Kairišs


LF15L09 The Chronicles of Melanie

The film “The Chronicles of Melanie” is based on the life story of Melānija Vanaga, a Latvian woman who managed to survive her deportation to Siberia. It is a truthful account of the miracle of human character, magnitude of the human spirit and the painful destinies, which were a part of the greatest tragedy facing the Latvian people. In the early morning of June 14, 1941, under Stalin's orders, over 40 000 people from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania were arrested, shoved into cattle cars and dispatched to permanent exile in Siberia. Among them - journalist Melanie and her 8 year old son Andrejs, forcibly separated from husband and father Aleksandrs. In the Siberian village women, ignorant of the fate of their husbands, are settled in badly built barracks and forced to work like slaves. Melanie keeps herself alive for her son and husband to whom she writes hundreds of love letters that are never sent, since his address remains unknown. She keeps her personal integrity in the face of starvation, hard work or disease. After 16 years, Melanie is released and returns to Riga, only to find out that her husband Alexander died in the camps in 1942.

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2016 Latvian Foundation annual meeting in the Catskills

New York Latvian parish camp in the Catskills welcomed Latvian Foundation and American Latvian Artists' Union (ALMA) - both organizations had their annual meetings at the same time and the same place this year. Photo album lets you glimpse the wonderful fall weekend.

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