KineDok coming to MeetFactory

Documentary series starts with the Latvian film My Father the Banker

Exceptional creative documentaries from the second edition of the project KineDok are being screened in seven European countries already, and in Czech Republic they can be seen at 42 alternative venues. On Oct. 5, 2016, KineDok will start its cooperation with MeetFactory Gallery. The opening film will be the Latvian documentary My Father the Banker, followed by a discussion with its director, Ieva Ozolina, and preceded by a curator’s guided tour of the exhibition Laughter and Forgetting.

The commented tour of the thematically related exhibition Laughter and Forgetting will begin in MeetFactory at 7:30 pm. At 8 pm the screening of an intriguing Latvian documentary My Father the Baker, supported by Institute of Documentary Film, will start. Its protagonist is Boriss Osipovs, formerly an associate professor at a university specializing in alternative energy resources. However, with the dissolution of Soviet Union and subsequent independence of Latvia, he took advantage of newly emerged opportunities. During the “wild capitalism” in the '90s he quickly requalified as a banker and began earning great sums of money. He also left his family, found himself a younger girlfriend, and began to increase his wealth by illegal financial operations. Once he became threatened with arrest for suspicious financial transactions, he quickly decided to leave his country. Nobody has heard from him since. After 18 years, Interpol contacted the surprised family with an announcement that a photograph of an older man had been found who looks much like Boriss and who has been spending some time in a lunatic asylum in Malaysia. Although her relatives are very dubious about that, the director of the film decides to find out whether the man could really be him. 

Director Ieva Ozolina will share her interesting experience from shooting of her successful documentary debut, in which she focuses not only on personal, family issues and her father’s story, but also uses archival material and a light tone to comment on the precipitous transformation of Latvia from a poor part of the Soviet empire into an independent country with seemingly endless possibilities.

KineDok will return to MeetFactory two more times before the end of the year. On Nov. 11, at 7.30 pm the screening of a multi-award winning documentary Domino Effect will take place. The formally elaborate story about the Abkhazian sports minister, who refuses to give up on both the dream of independence of his country and his relationship with the hysterical Russian opera diva, takes place on the background of the VIII World Domino Championship, set in the backdrop of the devastated Abkhazia, where — despite the Russian promises — almost nothing works properly. You can read the interview with the filmmakers here.

On Dece. 12, 2016, again at 7.30. pm there will be a screening of a poetical Norwegian documentary Siblings Are Forever. Its main characters are Magnar and Oddny, two siblings in their 70s, who take care of a family farm in western Norway true to the traditional ways of their ancestors.

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